A man walks past the Constitutional Court in Jakarta last May. (Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarak A.)

Workers File Judicial Review as Job Creation Law Comes Into Force


NOVEMBER 03, 2020

Jakarta. The Confederation of Indonesian Workers' Unions, or KSPI, has filed a judicial review on the 2020 Law about Job Creation to the Constitutional Court on Tuesday, just hours after President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo signed the controversial legislation into law. 

Kahar S. Cahyono, KSPI's head of communication and media department, said that the court has received the confederation's lawsuit papers and prepared for a hearing on it soon. 

"The registration for a judicial review on the Job Creation law has been completed," Kahar said on Tuesday. 

KSPI has been one of the main oppositions against the Job Creation Law, which it said stripped many of the worker's rights, including minimum wages and severance payments. 

On Monday, the confederation, together with 32 labor unions and federation, took to the streets in 24 provinces to protests against the law.

Andi Gani Nena Wea, the chairman of All-Indonesian Workers' Union Confederation (KSPSI) and KSPI chairman, Said Iqbal, who lead a protest in front of the Presidential Palace and the Constitutional Court on Monday, met with the court's office on Monday to deliver a message from the workers. 

"Workers ask the constitutional judges earnestly to make decisions that are fair, regardless of any interests except the interests of the nation," Iqbal said. 

Andi said that the workers believed the court was the "bastion for justice" that the workers could count on to deliver a decision in workers' favor.

"This concerns millions of Indonesian workers. We give a strong message to the Constitutional Court and the noble panel of judges, never to insult the workers' pure struggle. Never take it for granted," Andi said.

The State Secretariat released the Job Creation Law's final document on its website last night. The final document now contains 1,187 pages, differing from many of the bill's previous versions that became public since the House of Representatives passed the bill on Oct 5. The State Secretary Minister Pratikno said earlier that the differences stemmed from how the documents were formated, instead of anything substantial.  

The president put his hope on controversial legislation that the president hope would bring more investments and bring Indonesia out of recession.