Students, workers take to streets in Yogyakarta to say no to omnibus job creation bill

first_imgThe protesters gathered on Jl. Gejayan, a historical street that has witnessed many popular protests. The most recent was the Gejayan Calling movement or #GejayanMemanggil, where thousands of people protested against the revisions to the Corruption Eradication Commission Law and the Criminal Code.They set up a stage and played music as well as taking turns to deliver speeches. Despite the rain that began to fall the protestors remained, carrying banners with messages like “Stop the omnibus law”, referring to the job creation bill, and “Investment regime: It only acknowledges the people during elections”.Workers, students and activists claim the omnibus bill on job creation will harm democracy, the environment and the interests of workers.“If the government fails to listen to the people’s voice in Yogyakarta and other areas, we will come to Jakarta,” Syahdan continued. Hundreds of students, workers and artists grouped under the People’s Movement Alliance gathered on Monday to hold a “grand meeting” on the streets to stop the deliberation of the controversial omnibus bill on job creation.“We are here as the people’s parliament to announce our motion of no confidence in the House of Representatives because they fail to represent the interests of the people who reject the [job creation omnibus bill],” the alliance spokesperson, Syahdan, said on Monday.The omnibus bill on job creation would amend 73 laws and consists of 15 chapters and 174 articles The secretary of the Federation of Independent Workers Unions in Yogyakarta and Central Java, Ali Prasetyo, said on Monday that the workers rejected the job creation bill because it significantly relaxed outsourcing restrictions. He said the regulation would make employees “contract workers all their life”.He also rejected the article that allowed provincial governors to create their own formulations to calculate the minimum wage.The job creation bill has also drawn criticism from students in Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta. In a discussion last month, legal experts concluded that the process of drafting the bill was “not transparent”. They pointed out that the content of the bill did not reflect the rationale of the bill.“Illegal levies and red tape are common practices in Indonesia. Even though we have good regulations, in reality they should not be able to be implemented. Don’t think investors will come because the government streamlines the regulations,” said Maria S.W Sumardjono from the UGM School of Law on Feb. 13.She said the omnibus job creation bill could offer only empty promises to investors because in reality they will have to deal with natural resources regulations. She said there were at least 26 regulations concerning natural resources that would need to be ironed out.“Investors could come here, get a location permit, but later it gets revoked because an indigenous community claims the land,” she went on.She said the job creation bill could infringe the rights of indigenous people.Another legal expert, Zainal Arifin Mochtar, said he found problems in the academic document of the bill. He said people’s participation was essential in the drafting of such a bill, which revised more than 70 bills. “It has to come from social analysis,” he said.He said the bill seemed to be prioritizing the economic and investment agenda while in the past, during the New Order, focusing only on the economy and investment had ended up damaging the environment and human rights.He also criticized the process by which the government only talked with businesspeople in formulating the bill. “We’d be better to reject this bill altogether because the deliberation in the House can also only be swayed by power,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Remarks by Governor Wolf at It’s On Us PA Press Conference

first_img June 08, 2016 Remarks by Governor Wolf at It’s On Us PA Press Conference It’s On Us PA,  Remarks,  Videos It’s On Us PA Press ConferenceHarrisburg, PATRANSCRIPT:I want to thank all of you for being here to contribute to the important work that the “It’s on Us PA” campaign is doing.The effort to combat sexual assault and provide a safe haven for Pennsylvania’s students and young people is extremely importantThat is why Pennsylvania became the first state in the nation to join the White House in this noble effortThis initiative has three goalsFirst, to improve awareness, prevention, reporting and response systems in the commonwealthSecond, to remove or at least reduce barriers that prevent survivors from reporting sexual assaultAnd third, to demonstrate that we are committed – at all levels – to the task of eradicating this scourge in PennsylvaniaWe need to treat sexual assault in our schools and colleges as the serious problem it truly isWe need to agree that we’re not going to put up with it any longerThat’s because sexual assault has a corrosive effect on all of us, and especially on those who are assaultedAn estimated 1 in 5 college women are assaultedNearly 20% of young women between the ages of 14 and 17 are sexually assaultedMostly by someone the survivor knows and trustsClassmateSupposed friendA relativeOr a family memberAnd the impact is serious and widespreadSurvivors are more likely to experience immediate and long-term health issues like:Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – 94%Depression – 75%And suicidal tendencies – 35-50%Safety is a fundamental civil right and sexual assault is a clear violation of that civil rightWhen that violation occurs for any member of a communityIt occurs for every member of that communityIt violates the right of everyone to a safe societyPennsylvania must take a stand against sexual assault.That’s what the “It’s on Us PA” campaign is all about.It is about we, as a Commonwealth, saying that this act is entirely unacceptable and against the way of life we envision for ourselves and those in our communityWhen these acts are not taken seriously, or ignored, victims are singled out for humiliation and those that have committed them go unpunishedThat’s what happened at Stanford University, where a member of the University swim team was caught in the act of raping a young womanHe received only 6 months in a county jail with probation, while his victim will have to live the rest of her life with the feeling of violation and danger that he causedThese kinds of leniencies send a message to the community that we are not serious about preventing sexual assault, and safeguarding our young people.These kinds of leniencies are unacceptable.The “It’s on Us PA” campaign is about delivering that message across the Commonwealth.We need to end sexual assaultMy administration is committed to this goal.We have great partners in this effort who are committed to doing just thatSince January, over 800 people – including over 200 colleges, universities and school districts in Pennsylvania – have signed the pledge to join the “It’s on us” campaignMy administration has engaged them to help in this effortOver the past 6 months, we have held roundtables across the Commonwealth to hear from survivors, students, healthcare professionals and policy makers, trying to create better strategies for ending sexual assaultTo that end, I have proposed $1 million in the 2016-17 budget to invest in community partnerships that will help prevent sexual violence and remove barriers to reporting in schools across PennsylvaniaAdditionally, I have directed the Department of Education to provide support and technical assistance by administering this program and align state level resources to better support school districts and postsecondary institutionsIn the near future, my administration will introduce a legislative package designed to ensure that safety and wellbeing of students and young peopleThis package will target the enormous number of statutes and regulations that cover different types of harassment and violence to identify opportunities to prevent sexual violenceI am determined to make Pennsylvania a shining example to the rest of the world as to what committed citizens can do to make our world betterIt’s truly on all of us to accomplish thisLet’s get to workAnd thanks for your commitment to freeing our commonwealth of the problem of campus sexual assaultNow, I am very proud to turn the podium over to Coach Jay WrightCoach Wright is a key ally in the effort to end sexual assault on campusHe, like the rest of us, is committed to making sure that sexual assault has no place in the life of a young person.He also happens to coach the National Champion Villanova Wildcats Basketball teamJay WrightLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

AUDIO: Sunshine Stars Won’t Be Relegated – Duke Udi

first_imgRelatedAUDIO: Duke Udi Reflects On Outgone NPFL SeasonSeptember 22, 2017In “Nigeria”AUDIO: Away Win At Rivers United Thrills Duke UdiJuly 20, 2017In “Nigeria”‘Pay Me My Money’ – Duke Udi Fires Back At Ondo State GovernmentMarch 14, 2018In “Nigeria” Following recent impressive results, Sunshine Stars coach Duke Udi says he is confident the ‘Owena Waves’ will not suffer relegation from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) this season.The Akure-based team who currently play home games in Ijebu-Ode, have won 4 of their last 5 NPFL matches, including two on the road against ABS FC and Rivers United.The team which was in the dreaded relegation zone when Udi took over the reins few weeks ago, are now placed 11th on the table with 42 points after 31 matches, just three points above the drop zone.Udi, a former player at Enyimba, says his love for challenges motivated him to accept the job in the first place.“Like I used to say, now we have about 21 points to play for. We will keep gathering our points,” the former Osun United coach said. “I don’t look at the relegation battle.“I took this job because I love challenges – they make me to be stronger. When I took this job, people were complaining: ‘Why will you take this kind of job?’“But I believe Sunshine (Stars) cannot be relegated. We still have about 21 points to fight for. We will keep fighting; we are a fighting team,” Udi said.Sunshine Stars will be guests of Wikki Tourists in Bauchi in a Match Day 32 tie on Sunday.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more