Protests in Indonesia Against New Labour Law

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Thousands of Indonesians took to the streets on Tuesday in protest against a new labour law, which, among other things, provides for longer working hours and cuts severance payments and pensions.

 

The protests come a day before a three-day strike announced by the unions.

Especially in industrial regions around the capital Jakarta, demonstrations are taking place against the plans that the government deems necessary to attract investment and create jobs.

Police have stopped protesters who wanted to demonstrate in front of the parliament in Jakarta.

Many protesters wear face masks but keep little distance. In Indonesia, 3,622 new coronavirus infections were reported on Monday.

The bill has yet to be signed by President Joko Widodo, but that is expected to be a formality.

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