Results from research conducted by Indonesia Media Monitoring Center (IMMC) concluded that legislators (Parliament/Council) are still not accomodative enough in the fulfillment of the workers’ rights and aspirations. This is evident from the lack of response from public representatives on issues related to labors. Based on IMMC’s monitoring, there are only 2,8% from total 1256 coverage which contains response from House of Representatives or the Council about labor issues.

“From 10 strategic issues about labors, coverage that contains response from House of Representatives is on the 7th place. On top of that, contains a diverse independent act performed by workers through protests,” explained Farid.

Therefore, it’s quite reasonable that the level of confidence in the commitment of the parliament from the workers is low. Mistrust could be shown from how high the intensity of protests by workers. In the end, protest became the most effective way for the workers to express their rights and aspirations.

This fact is also strengthened by IMMC’s other findings, that among various protest patterns done by the workers, one of them is often done by going to government offices and the House of Representatives/Council. About 30,2% from protest’s pattern are done this way. This number is only one level below the top “favorite” pattern, blocking public facilities.

The reason behind why this pattern (visiting House of Representatives/Council) is very “popular”, according to Farid, indicated that workers’ rights and aspirations are still not well accommodated by their representatives. This pattern became a symbol to collect what was promised by the Parliament/Council, to fight for their rights.

“This is supposed to be read by all public representative sensitively, the fact that in their “vis a vis” (meaning face to face) position, workers are actually quite a dillema. In one hand, they entrust a great expectation to their representatives in Parliament/Council, to fight for their rights. But on the other hand, they also felt a very deep disappointment because theirs expectations are not yet fulfilled. As a result, they expressed their feeling by doing what they can, by visiting the Capitol/Parliament. It became some sort of symbol of longing-hate between the representative and the workers,” explained Farid.

As a matter of fact, there are communication media, an ideal relationship between government, employers and workers, already available. The position of the government as a mediator between both sides should be able to bridge proportionally, for both business interests of the employers and the fulfillment of labor rights. But unfortunately, according to Farid, so far, this triangle relationship is still not running optimally. Some people consider the government to be more close and appreciative to the fulfillment of interests from the employers and forget about worker’s position.

One of the most fundamental aspirations from labor’s act in Indonesia, according to IMMC’s monitoring result, is economic welfare. From 10 strategic issues of labor’s act, the main three issues are wages, welfare and purchasing power (food prices). This is supposed to be obvious by the public representatives as a message of ‘yearning’ from workers to them.


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