Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo has said that disinformation and social media hoaxes are to blame for mass demonstrations against the Job Creation Law.

“I saw the demonstration against the Job Creation Law was basically motivated by disinformation about the substance of this law, and hoaxes on social media,” said President Widodo at an online press conference from the Presidential Palace in Bogor on Friday.

He debunked several reports, including those stating that the Provincial Minimum Wage, District Minimum Wage, and Provincial Sectoral Minimum Wage had been scrapped under the new law. Wage provisions will still be regulated under the Job Creation Law, he clarified.

“This (reports on wage provisions) is not true, because the fact is that the Regional Minimum Wage (UMR) is still maintained," he said.

He firmly refuted reports saying the minimum wage would be calculated by the hour. Under the omnibus law, wages will be regulated based on the time and results obtained by workers, he clarified.

He also explained that the Job Creation Law will regulate all leave, including sick leave, marriage leave, circumcision leave, baptism leave, death leave, and maternity leave.

"I emphasize that this is also not true (reports the law would remove leave provisions), the right to (avail) leave remains and is guaranteed," he stressed.

In addition, the President said, companies would not be able to carry out a unilateral termination of employment (PHK), as they will have to follow the provisions of the new law. The same will apply to social security of workers, which has been accommodated in the Act.

“What has also often been reported incorrectly is the elimination of analysis of environmental impact (AMDAL), that is also not true. AMDAL still remains for large industries, it must be a rigorous AMDAL study; but, for micro, small, and medium enterprises, there is more emphasis on assistance and supervision (under the new law)," he explained.

The Head of State also asked those who are still dissatisfied with the law to file a request for a judicial review of the Job Creation Law with the Constitutional Court.

"Our constitutional system does say that, so if there are still those who are not satisfied and reject (the law), please submit a judicial review (request) to the Constitutional Court," he reiterated. (INE)

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