Job Creation Law rolls back economic, sociocultural rights: Activists

first_imgLabor, environmental and human rights activists have spoken out against the recently passed omnibus law on job creation, saying it rolls back social protection and may violate international human rights agreements.Amnesty International Indonesia deputy director Ary Hermawan said the omnibus law was very regressive and breached non-retrogression principle of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).“The government must not allow the protection of existing economic, social and cultural rights to deteriorate, but the prevailing laws are even more progressive than the Job Creation Law,” Ary said in a public discussion on Tuesday. “The House holding the last meeting on the weekend and passing the bill into law earlier [on Monday] than scheduled [on Thursday] is a betrayal of public trust,” he said.Roy Jinto of the West Java All-Indonesian Workers Confederation Union (KSPIS) and secretary-general of the Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago (AMAN) Rukka Sombolinggi echoed Ary’s comments, claiming that, from the beginning, labor organizations and the indigenous peoples had not been included in the deliberation process.“We learned about the draft only after it was submitted to the House in February. They later invited [labor unions] for discussions, but that was no more than a formality; we could not change the substance,” Roy said. Rukka, meanwhile, said the government had never consulted indigenous people on the matter.Rukka also pointed out controversial articles of the law related to environmental issues. According to the omnibus law’s amendments to Article 26 of Law 32/2009, for example, environmental experts will no longer be involved in environmental impact analyses.Rukka said such provisions would exacerbate the threats indigenous communities face in trying to safeguard their land.“Even without the omnibus law, many violations have occurred. Now, with the increased threat of land-grabbing, other threats will follow, such as the criminalization of indigenous people and indigenous people losing their livelihoods in the forests, which is ironic, considering that it is called the Job Creation Law,” she said.Ary called on the government and the House of Representatives to revise the problematic articles in the omnibus law, while Trade Union Rights Center (TURC) executive director Andriko Otang said labor unions were ready to petition the Constitutional Court to revoke the law.“Labor unions have made a commitment that, if the job creation bill is passed, we will request a judicial review together,” he said. “The fight is not over.”Topics : Ary said the provisions on working hours in the omnibus law meant that companies could force employees in certain sectors to work beyond the “reasonable maximum working hours”, while overtime might not be paid as there was no longer any obligation to do so.All-Indonesia United Workers Confederation (KPBI) deputy head Jumisih said the law “dehumanized” workers by extending the maximum overtime to 18 hours from 14 hours a week in Article 78 and scrapping the mandatory two-day weekend in Article 79.“The omnibus law also relaxes outsourcing requirements, while removing protection for outsourced employees,” Jumisih said. Ary also said public participation in the deliberation of the bill had been inadequate, which violated Article 25 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Right guaranteeing every citizen the right to take part in public affairs, either directly or through representatives.last_img read more

NFL ace Umenyiora tasks stakeholders on poverty, education

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Nigeria born American NFL ace Osi Umenyiora believes it is time to get more practical in solving social problems.The Two-time Super Bowl winner says the NFL need to move on from ‘symbolic gestures’ and address social issues with ‘real resources and real funds’.The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May and the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin last month have been two high-profile cases of police brutality in America.But it has long been an issue in America – well before Colin Kaepernick took the knee before a San Francisco 49ers pre-season game in 2016.The ostracised former quarterback has been without a team since the end of that season, and while many players will follow his lead this season, Umenyiora wants players to find other ways to enact social change.‘I think that it is time for more substantive action to be taken as opposed to just taking the knee. Everybody is doing that, it’s becoming mainstream,’ Umenyiora said.Nigeria born American NFL ace Osi Umenyiora‘It’s the popular thing to do. To say black lives matter, to take a knee, post a black square. But what are you doing outside of that?’‘For me I feel like it’s time for players to be getting involved and actually doing things other than protesting. At this point everybody knows what you are talking about, so what are you protesting right now?‘We need to find a way to get the heart of a lot of these issues: the poverty, the lack of education, a lot of these different things that can really make a difference in people’s lives and the way they interact with each other‘I think it’s time for us to get doing that by committing real resources and real funds to that as opposed to just making symbolic gestures.’ After six months of unexpected and profound change, the two-time Super Bowl winner is not predicting a revolution in the NFL on the field.Read AlsoEx-NFL wide-receiver Reche Caldwell, 41, shot dead in ‘targeted robbery’‘It’s going to be the same old teams. You’re going to see a lot of the veteran teams in there, the teams that have a well-established head coach, the well-established franchises,’ he says.Teams have been forced to adapt to Covid protocols. They have not had a pre-season to scout talent and many will play without fans.center_img Promoted Content8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Runner Uses Strava App To Create Amazing Pieces Of Running Art7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural Wonders10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

The National Weather Service Kicks off Windstorm Season – 52 Years…

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Mason County PUD 3The 52nd anniversary of the 1962 Columbus Day storm is Sunday October 12. This historic windstorm, the strongest non-tropical windstorm to hit the lower 48 in American history, marks the start of western Washington State’s windstorm season.All of Mason County went dark for nearly two hours after the storm damaged high power transmission lines feeding Mason PUD 1 and PUD 3 substations. It took six days to restore electricity to all customers. The National Weather Service measured wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour at Sanderson Field near Shelton.The Columbus Day storm was born from the remnants of a former western pacific tropical storm named Freda. What was left of Freda off Japan rode a strong westerly jet stream across the northern Pacific and intensified dramatically off northern California as it turned north along the Pacific Northwest coast.Wind speeds exceeded 150 mph along the Oregon and Washington coasts and topped 100 mph in the western interior valleys from Eugene to Bellingham. Since the storm damaged many wind instruments, the actual highest wind speeds could have been higher.The storm killed 46 people from northern California to Washington State and injured hundreds of others. It blew down or destroyed thousands of buildings and knocked out power to millions of people from San Francisco to southern British Columbia. The windstorm also blew down 15 billion board feet of timber from the coast to as far east as western Montana, enough lumber to build a million homes.The 1962 Columbus Day storm is considered the granddaddy of all windstorms. All other Pacific Northwest windstorms are measured against it. Could another storm like this one occur again? Yes and it would be far more devastating than back then since three times more people live in the region along with all the infrastructure to support them.Windstorm season is here. Windstorms occur almost every year. Some of our regions stronger events occur about every ten years such as the Hanukkah eve windstorm of December 2006 that knocked out power to about 1.5 million people in western Washington.Even the first not so strong blow can produce significant impacts since it usually occurs when leaves are still on many trees and the event acts like a tree trimmer, resulting in some power outages.Are you ready for this season’s first wind event? Now is the time to get better prepared, before the wind blows. Here are a few key resources to help you get ready at home, work or school, or in your vehicle. When you are prepared, you are not scared.Learn more about how to report and last through storms and power outages from Mason PUD 3. Check out theWashington State Emergency Management Division for more disaster preparation information.http://www.masonpud3.org/outages/outages.aspxhttp://www.emd.wa.gov/preparedness/prep_personal_preparedness.shtmllast_img read more