InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Palm oil plantations are the sectors hit by under age – labor issue. That is why Minister of Labor Indonesian Republic, Ida Fauziyah said, the government through Ministry of Labor should commit to support Indonesia is free from child labor.
At least, Ministry of Labor will be focusing to 7 (seven) provinces, they are, North Sumatra, South Sumatra, Jambi, Riau, West Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan where according to Central Bureau of Statistic in 2020, the 7 provinces had more than 1.000 hectares palm oil plantations.
Ida continued, child labor needs ways and strategies so that the children get the best for them. In child labor issue, it needs to involve many so that the children get their rights too.
“It is hoped, they will be growing to be stronger and more qualified successors both in physics, mentality, social, and intellectuality,” Ida virtually said in Pencanangan Sektor Perkebunan Kelapa Sawit Terbebas dari Pekerja Anak, Wednesday (22/12/2021).
She also planned that 204 companies in the seven provinces are free from child labor.
“It needs active roles from the government, institutions, business, labor unions, and element in circumstances to realize qualified next generations for our nation,” she said.
Ministry of Labor also planned Indonesia is free from child labor in many sectors, such as in Kawasan Industri Makassar (KIMA) in 2014, Gianyar Free from Child Labor in 2015, Karawang International Industrial City (KIIC) in ahun 2017, Kawasan Industri Modern Cikande Industrial Estate (MCIE), Krakatau Industrial Estate Cilegon (KIEC) in 2018. In 2020 Ministry of Labor did award to 23 non-government organizations for their care to help government in child labor recall program.
“One thing to always be developed is to collaborate and be in synergy with business world to eliminate child labor,” Ida said.
General Director of Workforce Development and Supervision, Work Healthy and Safety Ministry of Labor, Haiyani Rumondang told, the ministry reviewed the regulation about labors in work healthy and safety, and labors’ social insurance in palm oil plantation to succeed Indonesia free from child labor.
“This is about to show the international world that Indonesia is committed to eliminate child labor by encouraging districts and stakeholders to be actively involved in child labor elimination,” Haiyani Rumondang said. (T2)