Ministry still preparing 2021 wage subsidy programme for workers

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | AntaraNews | 5:02 AM Print This Post

Manpower minister Ida Fauziyah revealed that the ministry was still preparing the policy for distribution of wage subsidy programme (BSU) for workers in 2021.

The policy was created to help the labour sectors impacted by COVID-19, especially during the emergency community activities restriction (PPKM) period.

“Through the 2021 BSU programme launched for the public on Wednesday (July 21) night, (I) hope (it) would prevent job losses (PHK) and help workers laid off or whose salaries were cut because of the limitation of work hours. This effort is obviously to suppress the unemployment and poverty rates,” Fauziyah noted in a written statement in Jakarta, Friday.

The Ministry had launched four National Economic Recovery (PEN) programmes since 2020 that directly addressed labour issues in Indonesia, according to Fauziyah.

The first programme was BSU offered to 12.2 million people, while the second was the pre-employment cards for 5.5 million people, the third was productive aid for micro enterprises targeting 12 million people, while the fourth pertained to labour intensive programmes in ministries for 2.6 million people.

“The four programmes are the tokens of seriousness from the Manpower Ministry as one of the managers of PEN that always attempts to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on the labour sector,” she emphasized.

They also launched several programmes in 2020 to address the impacts of COVID-19, such as vocational training involving 121 thousand participants, training to boost productivity for 11 thousand workers, and competency certification for nearly 750 thousand participants.

Other programmes comprised entrepreneurship, labour-intensive, and business incubation programmes, with a total of 322 thousand participants.

The Ministry also established a cooperation network for the placement of workers during the pandemic, thereby successfully placing 948 thousand workers both within the nation and abroad.

“We can sum up the extent of the government’s efforts to mitigate the impact of the pandemic in the labour sector, and the figure could reach 34.6 million people, exceeding the working age population impacted by COVID-19, which according to the BPS survey, reached 29.12 million people,” she stated.

The minister noted that the central government had worked along with the regional government to provide investment permits to ensure that investments could absorb the labour force optimally.

Such measure was deemed necessary, so that investments made were truly in accordance with the needs and advantages of the characteristics of each region as well as offers maximum contribution to development, including in terms of employment.

“The government is also implementing a cross-sectoral collaboration strategy in terms of investment development, specifically in the implementation of national strategic projects that involve various ministries and agencies in that process. For instance, the super priority tourism area development programme, for which the Labour Ministry, through BLK, is involved in developing the quality of available human resources,” Fauziyah stated.


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