Intellasia East Asia News – Social security key support for workers amid pandemic: VP

Workers’ social security (Jamsostek) is a significant support that workers can rely on amid the COVID-19 pandemic, vice President Ma’ruf Amin has said.

While announcing the 2020 Workers’ Social Security Award or Paritrana Award via videoconferencing here on Thursday, Amin stated that during the pandemic, social security cover has become very important for enhancing work security.

It also offers economic sustainability certainty to workers’ families in case something unwanted happens, he added.

Speaking from his official residence in Jakarta, Amin said the Workers’ Social Security Programme includes insurance for occupational accidents, insurance for death, insurance for old age, and pension insurance.

Insurance for job losses would soon be added to the Jamsostek for providing a more complete social security protection, he informed.

“Hopefully, the protection from the government provided through Jamsostek will be more complete and will well secure all workers in Indonesia,” Amin pointed out.

As part of COVID-19 handling, the Indonesian government has also carried out strategies to maintain economic growth during the crisis that has had an impact on the health, economy, and employment sectors, he highlighted.

“One of the efforts to meet the needs of the working community has been to give a wage subsidy (BSU) of Rp500 thousand for two months or a total of Rp1 million per person,” he informed.

The government is targeting to provide wage subsidies to 8.9 million workers from several regions in Indonesia, the vice President said.

“This wage subsidy is expected to ease the burden of workers in living a challenging life in the COVID-19 pandemic,” he added.

In addition to providing wage subsidies, the government has also made guidelines for carrying out activities in the workplace, especially those related to work relations, by issuing the Decree of the minister of Manpower Number 104 of 2021 concerning Guidelines for Implementing Work Relations during the COVID-19 pandemic, Manpower minister Ida Fauziyah said.

The decree covers three things: the implementation of the work-from-home system, the implementation of working in the office or workplace, and laying off of workers, she informed.

The decree also discusses the provision of wages under the three work systems by regulating other rights related to wages, she said. Furthermore, termination of employment, as a last resort, can be taken if the COVID-19 pandemic has a severe impact on business continuity, she added.


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