Indonesian President Joko Widodo has signed the controversial job creation law into a bill officially. The Job Creation Law is a bill that was passed on 5 October 2020 by Indonesia’s People’s Representative Council (DPR), with the aim of creating jobs and raising foreign and domestic investment by reducing regulatory requirements for business permits and land acquisition processes. Due to its length of 1,035 pages and its coverage of many non-employment sectors, it is also referred to in Indonesia as an omnibus bill. The final draft was changed to 812 pages due to pagination being changed to legal format.
The law has been criticized on the basis of concerns it will harm labour rights and indigenous land rights, and increase deforestation in Indonesia by reducing environmental protections. A series of protests are ongoing as of October 2020, demanding the law be revoked.
Two labour unions, the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI), and the All-Indonesia Workers Unions Confederation (KSPSI AGN), filed a judicial review of the law to the Constitutional Court.
In a statement, KSPI president Said Iqbal said: “After we studied the content of the law, especially on labour, almost everything is unfavourable to the workers.”
He added: “KSPI will also continue to carry out actions and strikes in line with the constitutional rights of the workers and which are non-violent in nature.”