The Government Should Publish the Policy to Protect Plantation Labors

The Government Should Publish the Policy to Protect Plantation Labors

PalmOilMagazine, JAKARTA – The increasing palm oil product export from Indonesia might have no influence to the labors. Koalisi Buruh Sawit told that the labors in palm oil plantation in Indonesia reached 20 million.

From the numbers, more than 60 % are in vulnerable work status. This happens for too long and even happens in the plantations having sustainable certificates. This vulnerable work status is one fact describing the bad labor status in the plantations.

As in the official statement to PalmOilMagazine, Koalisi Buruh Sawit urged the Government Indonesia to pay attention to the labors as the important issues to be solved by publishing policy.

The government encouraged the industries in the form of plantation revitalization, special economic zone development, biodiesel development, and doing lobbies to the consumer countries.

Koalisi Buruh Sawit knew that the policies in palm oil plantations, such as, Plantation Laws, Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO), National Action Plans of Sustainable Palm Oil, and others explicitly do not discuss about labors issues about their protection, rights, and guarantee,” Coordinator of Koalisi Buruh Sawit, Zidane said.

He also mentioned, instead of protecting them, the government published UU Cipta Kerja which eliminates the work certainty, salary certainty, social, and health protection.

“In the plantation sector, the Laws is an issue for the labors because they could be only freelancer, get contracted, or having no permanent work, salary, social, and health guarantee,” he said.

Koalisi Buruh Sawit also found in some plantations that many labors are not listed in the social insurance by the companies. (T2)

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