Unions at Front of Campaign to Implement Social Security

From the International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF):

Indonesia’s highest court in a landmark and unprecedented decision found the Indonesian President, Vice President, Head of Parliament and eight Ministers guilty of not implementing the law on Social Security (UU SJSN and RUU BPJS).

After a long drawn struggle to reform the social security system in Indonesia, a coalition of trade unions and non-governmental organisations called Social Security Action Committee (KAJS) led by IMF affiliate the Federasi Serikat Pekerja Metal Indonesia (FSPMI), embarked on seeking legal redress for social security protection for workers in the formal and informal sector….

Said Iqbal, FSPMI President and Chairman of KAJS said that this is a clear victory and that for the first time the courts have made such a courageous decision in favour of working people in Indonesia. He said that this is a milestone for workers struggle for social justice. However, he also expressed caution on what the government might do next.

According to Said Iqbal, the Indonesian President should implement the social security laws and provide social security protection for all people, provide social pension for workers in the formal sector and establish trust fund body to manage the social security funds.

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