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    Thousands of Indonesians protest against president’s job decree

    ANN/THE STAR – Thousands of workers held rallies in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta yesterday, urging parliament to reject a presidential decree that critics said would erode employees’ rights and environmental protections.

    President Joko Widodo issued the emergency decree last month, replacing a controversial jobs law in Southeast Asia’s largest economy, a move some legal experts said violated a court ruling.

    The Constitutional Court had ruled the 2020 Jobs Creation Law was flawed, saying there had been insufficient public consultation before the law was passed. It ordered lawmakers to complete a renewed process by November.

    Protester Damar Panca Mulia, 38, called the decree a government ploy to ensure the implementation of the job law.

    “This regulation degrades worker’s welfare, reduces labour protections and causes widespread damage – on agrarian issues, the environment, protection of women,” he said.

    “Job creation should be in line with workers’ welfare improvement, but this decree runs counter to it. That’s why we oppose it.”

    Protesters held a banner saying ‘Say no to outsourcing’, while others had signs reading, ‘Refuse job creation emergency decree because there is no emergency situation’.

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