L20: Public-private cooperation crucial for tackling employment issues

L20: Public-private cooperation crucial for tackling employment issues
L20: Public-private cooperation crucial for tackling employment issues.
Kuta, Bali - Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto underscored the importance of cooperation between the public and private sectors to address various employment issues.

"Workers and the government are partners for (national) development," he remarked while attending the Labor 20 (L20) Summit here on Monday.

The L20 is an engagement group of the G20 Sherpa Track that discusses various employment aspects involving several labor unions of G20 countries and global union federations.

The L20 Summit was held on November 12-14, 2022, in Bali.

The government is highly aware of the importance of strengthening social protection, improving the skills of the new workforce, as well as increasing the skills of the existing workforce, the coordinating minister remarked.

Hartarto assessed that the skills are necessary for workers to adapt to various changes in the employment sector due to digitalization.

"(Encouraging workers in) gaining new skills is the essence of L20 that emphasizes the importance of (post-pandemic) recovery of workers, so that they become more resilient to challenges," he stated.

At the forum, he said that the Pre-Employment Card Program is one of the Indonesian government's attempts to prepare the workforce to have a set of skills required by the industry.

The program also supports the acceleration of digitization in Indonesia through online learning.

The Pre-Employment Card is also a form of financial inclusion for the community. The government directly transfers cash assistance of the program to the recipients’ bank account or electronic wallet.

"This is a government-to-people program," Hartarto remarked.

He also appealed to all business players to prepare a conducive work environment for all workers, including those with disabilities.

The Indonesian government has necessitated all companies to employ disabled people to constitute at least one percent of the total number of their employees.

"With an inclusive and conducive work environment, high (work) productivity can be achieved," the coordinating minister remarked.

Hence, Hartarto's side will strive to strengthen cooperation between the government and the L20 in dealing with various challenges amid the ongoing pandemic and current global crises.

"We have to work together and be united, so we can recover together (and) recover stronger," he added.

Oleh : Natisha Andarningtyas, Uyu Liman/Antara
Editor : Yakop