The Regulation to Protect the Workers in Palm Oil Plantations is Minimal

Illustration: Palm Oil Labors
The Regulation to Protect the Workers in Palm Oil Plantations is Minimal

InfoSAWIT, BOGOR – Palm oil plantations in Indonesia could be 22,2 million hectares. The employment in this sector could be more than it in other sector.

Palm oil industries highly contribute to the economy nationally. The exchange from palm oil sector might be Rp 300 billion in every single year. But the numbers are contrary to the labors’ condition who works in the plantations.

Executive Director of Sawit Watch, Inda Fatinaware said that the labors in palm oil plantations should exploitatively work, have the vulnerable work status, and have minimum protection in health and safety.

“The government should recognize the labors’ condition as the important issue to solve by publishing the policy. But the government tends to support the industries massively in the plantation revitalization, develop special economic zone, the biodiesel program, and do lobbies to the consumers’ countries,” she said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT recently.

She also thought that the supports are not the same with the essential policy about the labors’ protection in palm oil, such as, in the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil certificate system, national action plans of sustainable palm oil, and others. “The regulations explosively do not regulate the labors’ protection and rights in the plantation,” she said.

Meanwhile, Chairman of Serikat Buruh Perkebunan Indonesia (SERBUNDO), Herwin Nasution said that the salary protection, the bonus, facilities were better in 1960s than those regulated in Laws of Labors nowadays.

“In the palm oil plantations, the exploitative practices are loose in the form of inhumanity work target, cheap salary, vulnerable work status, and hard work which impact to the structural poverty to the labors,” he said.

He thought that the government may deny the labors as the spears in the palm oil industries in Indonesia, particularly the female which might be the most marginal, harmed group.

“We urged to publish the specific regulation to protect the labors in the palm oil plantations about the target system, work status, salary system, social, health insurance, the mechanism to protect the safety and health when working, and protect the freedom to make union,” he said. (T2)


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