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Indonesian cities rocked by protest against a new job law

Officials say the job creation bill and the demographic bonus would help Indonesia escape the middle-income trap but the people do not see eye-to-eye with the government!

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broke out in Jakarta and other cities against a contentious Job Creation voted by the Parliament on Monday.

The rallies were peaceful but protestors became angry after the police banned street protests.

A Transjakarta bus stop near Hotel was set on fire. There were clashes with police and in many parts of the country.

On Thursday there were reports of clashes, arson and arrests from a dozen cities, including Greater Jakarta; Yogyakarta; Pontianak, West Kalimantan; Malang, East Java; Jambi; Medan, North Sumatra; Surakarta, Central Java; Bandung, West Java; Makassar, Sulawesi; Palu, Central Sulawesi; Palembang, Sumatra; and Denpasar, Bali.

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On Wednesday, the rioters damaged a police car during the riot in Jalan Pejompongan Raya, Palmerah, West Jakarta.

See a video of the protests in Jakarta:

The protests are about the controversial Job Creation Law’s labour cluster has become one of the most talked-about issues on .

This set workers and students to go on strike since Monday. They are against what they say are new regulations about hourly wage scheme and the removal of the regional minimum wage and severance pay.

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However, the clarified that there will be no abolition of the minimum wage, but the total amount will take into account economic growth and inflation.

Despite saying there won’t be any reduction in the received salary, the protestors went onto the streets to show their anger.

According to the Minister of for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto, the regulations on working hours, break times, and weekly rest still refer to the 2003 Law about Manpower.

He says the change is to adapt to the digital economy, the bill regulated the working hours for businesses that require flexibility, such as e-commerces.

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He says the flareup of protests is because of hoaxes. More on the government’s explanation on the law here.

 

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