InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – The solidarity is the basic to what the labors would do. This is important because in this year, the business world globally and in Indonesia faces the slow economy or recession as the impact of corona virus (Covid-19) pandemic. The recession needs cooperation from many sides - the government, the businessmen, and the labors to cooperate and survive during the pandemic and should be able to raise after the crisis passes by.
The second edition report of International Labor Organization (ILO) about Covid-19 and the Work on 7 April 2020 claimed the impacts raising from the Covid-19 as the worst critical times since the world war the second. It impacts to many sectors but depends on the big or small cases happening in one country. This really hits many superior industries in Indonesia which makes about 2,8 million workers unemployed or not work – according to Ministry of Labor per 13 April 2020.
In the official statement to InfoSAWIT, the prevention and mitigation to Covid-19 for the palm oil industries which involve many sides should run though the industries are categorized as the industries in low – middle impact status; according to ILO.
Though the big scale social distancing or pembatasan sosial berskala besar (PSBB) in Jakarta and others runs, the palm oil sector keeps operating. There is not unemployment report yet. But this needs attention both from the related stakeholders, the labors unions, and the businessmen.
In the pandemic, Indonesian Palm Oil Association (IPOA) and JAPBUSI as the communication organizations between the labors unions in the palm oil industries in Indonesia claimed some things to protect the labors’ rights and ensure the sustainability of the industries in Indonesia.
The first is to respect everything what the government and palm oil plantation companies have done to prevent, prepare, and countermeasure Covid-19; suggest that the intervention should notice the labors who are vulnerably involved in the supply chain of palm oil industries in Indonesia.
The second is to ask for the government to pay attention to palm oil sector though it is categorized as the most infected one by Covid-19. The government needs to publish the policy to anticipate the impact of Covid-19 to the vulnerable groups in palm oil sectors, such as, the labors and the smallholders.
The third is to encourage the better dialogue between the labors and the businessmen specifically to obey the work safe and healthy, the risk analysis in phase about the risk that might happen because of Covid-19; intensively socialize by using the media, such as, poster in the plantations or using social media and increase the realization about the healthy life style and environment.
The fourth is to do as best as it could so that the operational in the plantations could normally run by noticing the work safety and health principles to face the Covid-19 pandemic which would not un-employ the workers. The fifth is to suggest the buyers not to cancel the buying and not postpone the payment to the suppliers both the company and the smallholders.
The sixth is to take the regional governments to distribute the fresh fruit bunch (FFB) well produced by the smallholders and the companies and also the derivative products to the ports. The seventh is to suggest that every chain supply should have sharing responsibility to make sure the business flow runs well during the pandemic. The dialogue among the companies, both the upstream and the downstream should openly and transparently run to ensure the good cooperation to the business activity.
The eighth is to consider the palm oil plantations which are mostly in the remote areas, suggest the companies to provide maskers, hand sanitizers, and hand soap for every worker and their family.
The ninth is to suggest that every labor, worker, and their family to postpone to go to their home town to stop the spread of Covid-19. The campaign #kamitidakmudik could be announced by the company and the labors’ unions. Everyone who wants to get inside the plantation should be checked within the tight protocol, including the candidates of workers from out of the plantations.
The tenth is to ensure that the labors get their rights based on the available regulation, including the holiday when being sick should be fully paid to the labors hit by Covid-19 or while being in the quarantine.
The eleventh is to ensure that the holiday allowance should be paid to the workers based on the available regulation and the decision of the government. (T2)