InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Many still focus on and discuss about palm oil industries in Indonesia. Koalisi Buruh Sawit found that the exploitative work in the palm oil plantations has run for years. The labors have to work in the exploitative system, no guarantee to work, no fixed salary, no available social guarantee, but do heavy things,.
Executive Director of Sawit Watch, Inda Fatinaware said that the main victim of the exploitative system is the female labors. They may not exist though they hardly do every kind of work in the palm oil plantation.
Meanwhile Ridho of Serikat Buruh Perkebunan Indonesia said that the exploitation for the female labors runs for many years.
Based on Koalisi Buruh Sawit, at least 60% of the total labors in the palm oil plantations are the female ones. “Of the numbers, most of them are precariate, the female labors must work without having rights as the labors, no certainty to work, no work documentation, should have minimal salary, not available health insurance. We knew that these are discriminatory to the female labors,” Inda said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT.
Based on what Koalisi Buruh Sawit investigated in some plantations in Indonesia, it is found that the labor advantage within the precariate status takes place in the nursery. The female should work as freelance, should be in contract for years. They should spray, fertilize, clean, take the seeds, and what is more ironic is that they do not exist to do the main work in the plantation. “There is no certainty that they will work tomorrow and there is no certainty that they would get some money. It is clear that this is the violation to the labors’ rights on the work and salary certainty,” Ridho said.
Koalisi Buruh Sawit urged the government of Indonesia to re-manage the labors’ system that should put them as the subject to live better. The regulation about the labors in Indonesia is not to powerful enough to protect them. There is no labors’ regulation that could accommodate their work or situation in the palm oil plantations.
“Koalisi Buruh Sawit urged the government to publish the policy to protect the labors in palm oil plantations. The discriminatory and the vulnerability of the female labors in the palm oil plantations should stop,” the Coordinator of Koalisi Buruh Sawit, Zidane said. (T2)