June 30, 2020, 02.34 AM

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The Indonesia Trade Union Confederation urges that the 500 Chinese expat workers who were recently flown into the country be sent back to China as they pose a threat to the livelihood chances of millions of Indonesians thrown out of jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This is the latest saga on the 500 Chinese workers who were flown into Southeast Sulawesi last week.

President of the Indonesia Trade Union Confederation Said Iqbal made the call on June 28 as he expressed concern for Indonesians who lost their jobs in the massive layoffs brought on by the pandemic.

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Indonesia’s Ministry of Manpower is predicting that around five million Indonesians will be unemployed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

As such the confederation argues it would be an injustice to the millions of Indonesian workers out of work if Chinese expat workers were to be prioritized for hiring in local projects.

The Indonesian labor market should prioritize Indonesian citizens, according to Said.

Read also: Coronavirus Pandemic Seen Pushing Up to 5 Million Indonesian Workers Out of Jobs

“This means that this entire time, companies and the government have failed to meet the requirements. Foreign workers in Indonesia must be experts and conduct transfer of knowledge and transfer of job,” explained Said Iqbal.

Said Iqbal also mentioned that Law Number 13 Year 2003 stipulates that for every one foreign worker, there must be 10 local workers as accompaniment.

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