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Palm Oil Labors: Still Far from A State of Welfare

Foto by Ikhsan/Sawit Fest 2021
Palm Oil Labors: Still Far from A State of Welfare

InfoSAWIT, BOGOR – Palm oil industries have become the significant pillar for the economy in Indonesia. They provide employment for million men. But behind the massive contribution, palm oil labor social condition is still far from a state of welfare as it is hoped. The female groups in the industries are vulnerable to get unfairness and exploitation.

Zidane, a labor specialist from Sawit Watch thought the field condition showed the female labors are always having status as free-lancers. They have not clear work status with the companies. As the result, their rights that should be got, should be unfulfilled. The violence and sexual abuse are the issues for the female in palm oil plantations.

He also mentioned, female labors are always vulnerable to get toxic chemical ingredients when they are working (in nursery sector) that would be negative for their health, namely their reproduction system. “That is why it needs to create the safe, comfortable work environment to welfare the female labors that the regional government and companies should notice,” he recently said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT.

Director Executive of Sawit Watch, Achmad Surambo told that the government should notice the labors’ claims and existence. It needs to regulate labor’s policy that takes partisanship for them. He was sorry that Undang – Undang Cipta Kerja provides ‘red carpet’ to realize informal work practices for palm oil labors. This makes them worse.

Not only that European Union Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) is a concern so that it would not be a loss for the labors. “The Government of Indonesia and European Union Commission should be responsible to make sure that EUDR would not be negative for labors’ welfare in the future,” he said.

He also told it needs serious efforts from every related parties, such as, the companies, the regencies, and international scale – organization to escalate the labors’ social economy, and welfare situation, namely for the female so that they would get the advantages from palm oil industries that massively contribute for this country. (T2)