Dominated by PKWT, Ministry of Labor Prepared Three Things for Palm Oil Plantation Workers

Dominated by PKWT, Ministry of Labor Prepared Three Things for Palm Oil Plantation Workers

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Ministry of Labor prepared three things to realize conducive, harmonic, and fair industrial relation in palm oil plantation sector for having different characteristic from others, and identical with seasonal work by getting many skillful workers but in low education.

“Palm oil sector is one industry that plays important roles to the economy of Indonesia. But in the late days, the palm oil exports decreased and Covid-19 pandemic raised the worst possibility for the workers/labors in the sector,” Ministry of Labor, Ida Fauziyah said in a discussion with Indonesian Palm Oil Association (IPOA) in Jakarta, Tuesday (7/6/2022).

She thought, the first thing to prepare is to get the same perception and interpretation about work relationship implementation, and worker/labor protection as regulated in the Government’s Regulation Number 35 / 2021 about Perjanjian Kerja Waktu Tertentu (PKWT) or Fixed Time Employment Agreement, Outsourcing, Work Time Rest, and Termination.

“Worker/labor relationship in palm oil plantation sector is mostly in PKWT including daily workers. Data from Sawit Watch revealed, 70% of palm oil labors/workers are daily ones. This impacted to their protection and other condition,” Ida said.

The second, is to get information about work relationship in pre - and after Covid-19 pandemic. The third, is to get the idea and recommendation in work relationship implementation to perfect the regulation in palm oil sector in order to escalate work productivity and workers’ welfare.

Ida Fauziyah thought, some challenges in palm oil plantations needs responses, such as, child labor issue, cheap salary practice, late hour salary which was unpaid and this is against the Regulation of Labor and Government’s Regulation Number 36 / 2021; the impact of pesticide uses for the labors; sectoral salary which raises in the certain sector while others got decreasing performance.

“We hope, palm oil plantations/industries would help the government to think of getting the conducive, harmonic, and fair work relationship and would answer partisanship to every sector. We would not force one sector/industry which negatively grows. We would not do that,” she said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT.

After the discussion, Chairman of IPOA, Joko Supriyono emphasized, his side would support what the government published in labor sector in palm oil plantation. “Whatever it would be, we commit to support the regulation that the government published,” he said. (T2)