A court in Indonesia has ordered the government to alter contentious labour legislation

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On Thursday (November 25), Indonesia’s Constitutional Court ordered the government to revise elements of a controversial job creation law within two years, deeming it provisionally unconstitutional.The legislation, which was approved last year, triggered huge protests across Indonesia, with charges that it reduced environmental regulations and harmed labour rights.
According to Chief Judge Anwar Usman, the act would be ruled “permanently unconstitutional” if the amendments were not made in two years.Last year, Indonesia’s two biggest trade unions requested judicial review, alleging procedural mistakes in the country’s founding. The government had no immediate reaction to the court’s decision on Thursday.
As part of the legislative overhaul, the government declared that the goal was to reduce red tape, attract investment, and boost labour competitiveness by changing more than 70 present laws. On the other side, unions, environmentalists, educators, and students said that it was rushed through without proper public consultation and that it would jeopardise labour rights and environmental rules.

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