InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Since 2002, International Labor Organization (ILO) decided as the World Day against the Child Labor. It is the day for the future of millions of children in many countries. Referring to the data of ILO, there were about 152 million child labors whole over the world. The pandemic of corona virus (Covid-19) makes the increasing child labors because of the new poverty from their unemployed parents.
It is admitted or not, Indonesia has the massive work to end the child labor issue. The data from Ministry of Labor showed in the online discussion that child labor takes place in the informal sectors
Chairman in Labor, Indonesian Palm Oil Association (IPOA), Sumarjono Saragih recently mentioned that palm oil plantations in Indonesia are always accused to hire the child labors.
The accusation is luckily denied because the activity in the plantation is relatively hard and the children could not do it. “Based on the law, those who hire the children would face the law because it is forbidden and threatened. It is a suicide if the company intentionally does it,” he said, as in the official written statement to InfoSAWIT.
But he also reminded that not every planter is the member of IPOA because there are supply chains. 42% of the plantations in Indonesia are cultivated by the smallholders.
“We take non – government organizations NGOs) to cooperate, manage the palm oil supply chain so that there would be no such accusation,” he said.
It needs to understand too, the children are the future of our nation, and the future of palm oil plantation. There are many good facilities and practices that the plantations develop for the children’s interests, such as, daycare, playing ground, education, and health services.
“It is proven that in the Covid-19 pandemic, palm oil is the solution, not only for the food but also for the energy and economy. There is no unemployment (for the parents), no jobless and no new poverty which are the sources of the child labor,” Sumarjono said. (T2)