Monday, 21 Augst 2017 | 13:40 WIB

Jokowi Seeks Immediate Revision of Migrant Workers` Law

Indonesian migrant workers at a construction site (Amnesty International)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has called for an immediate revision of the law on migrant workers protection, in order to create an integrated service model.

"The president stated that it (the revision) should be completed soon, so that an integrated service model could be created in the future," chief of the National Agency for Placement and Protection of Migrant Workers (BNP2TKI) Nusron Wahid noted after a meeting with the president here on Monday.

Currently, Indonesian workers in the naval base, including ship crews, are not recorded by the BNP2TKI. "The law is implemented by the Transportation Ministry; thus, they are not recorded as migrant workers," Nusron said, adding that the revised law would improve workers protection.

"The revised law would strengthen workers protection and simplify the process under an integrated service agency," he revealed. Under the revised law, BNP2TKI would have greater authority in the one-roof integrated services.

"Currently, some of the authority has been taken by the Manpower Ministry and some by the Transportation Ministry. Under the revised law, the ministry would serve as a regulator, and the agency would serve as an operator that would be accountable to the president," he remarked. Nusron stated that the revision of the law is expected to be finalized this year.