Talking Indonesia: the omnibus Law on Job Creation

Since early October, large-scale protests have taken place on the streets of Jakarta and other cities around Indonesia in opposition to the new omnibus Law on Job Creation (UU Cipta Kerja). The 1000+ page law includes 186 articles and revises 77 existing laws, yet it took a relatively short time to be drafted and reviewed before being passed into law.


For months, legal scholars and academics warned about the lack of transparency around the drafting of the law and the haste with which it was completed, arguing it was unlawful. Meanwhile, workers, students and environmentalists have demonstrated over the law’s weakening of workers’ conditions and environmental protections.


What is in the omnibus law and why has President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s government made it a priority? Who are the winners and losers of the law? What does the process of its enactment tell us about the government, its priorities and values? In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Jemma Purdey discusses these questions and more with Rafiqa Quratta A’yun, PhD candidate at the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (CILIS), Melbourne Law School.


In 2020, the Talking Indonesia podcast is co-hosted by Dr Jemma Purdey from the Australia-Indonesia Centre and Deakin University, Dr Dave McRae from the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute, Dr Charlotte Setijadi from Singapore Management University and Dr Dirk Tomsa from La Trobe University.


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Photo by Nova Wahyudi for Antara.


Dr Jemma Purdey is a Fellow at the Australia Indonesia Centre and Adjunct Fellow, Deakin University. She is the author of Anti-Chinese Violence in Indonesia 1996-1999, published by NUS Press.