Minister Ida Asks GAPKI To Pay Attention To Oil Palm Workers

JAKARTA – Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah has asked the Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI) to pay attention to the workers in the palm oil industry.

“It’s very important to keep the harmonious industrial relations in the industries,” she said during a virtual meeting with GAPKI executives on Tuesday, 15 June 2021.

Ida said that the palm oil industry plays an important role in absorbing workers. The absorption of the workers will continually increase along with the increase of palm oil production.

“The palm oil industry is a labor intensive industry that employs many workers,” she said in a press statement received by Kompas.com.

Based on data from the ministry of agriculture, in 2019 there were a total of 2,673,810 oil palm smallholders in Indonesia, and a total of 4,425,647 people work in the oil palm plantations.

The workers consist of 4.0 million (90.68%) people working in privately-owned oil palm plantation companies, 321,000 workers (7.26%) in the state-owned oil palm plantation companies, and 91,000 workers (2.07%) in foreign oil palm plantation companies.

To realize a conducive relationship in the oil palm plantations, the minister urged Gapki to take a number of initiatives.

First, Gapki needs to raise understanding among the workers regarding the rights and obligations of employees and employers on their work relationships, such as through socializations and workshops.

Second, improve communication between employers and employees, and workers-related institutions with the employers and employees.

Third, increase the role of the government, employers and workers cooperation institution (LKS Bipartit) in companies, so that the rights and obligations of workers, and employers are protected under a legal certainty.

The LKS Bipartit also functions to ensure the application of quality work requirements in order to maintain the sustainability of businesses and increase the welfare of workers.

Fourth, improve the quality of human resources in the plantation sector.

Fifth, the government through the manpower services of regencies, mayoralties and provinces facilitate dialog between the employers and workers to clarify their work relationships and provide necessary consultations on improvement of work quality.

Sixth, improvement of work requirements and occupational health and safety (K3).

Seventh, increase participation in workers’ social security program and health insurance.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian Palm Oil Association (Gapki) Chairman Joko Supriyono said that the palm oil industries have been continually pursuing efforts of improvement and committed to promoting quality work condition in the oil palm plantations.

He said that Gapki has been in cooperation with the International Labor Organization (ILO), Christelijk Nationaal Vakverbond (CNV) International, and other labor organizations to improve the labor condition in the oil palm plantations through a number of activities.

“The cooperation has been expanded by establishing a network of Indonesian palm oil labor unions (Japbusij), to synergize all efforts of continually improving the condition of Indonesian palm oil workers,” he said.

Joko said that Gapki is also active in cooperation with the workers social security agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan) and signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the system of BPJS participation and services in the oil palm plantation sector.

“Gapki also involves in the activities of workers forum and regularly holds trainings, workshops, seminars and other activities,” he said. (*)

Source: KOMPAS.com

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