Constitutional Court rules job creation law unconstitutional

Constitutional Court rules job creation law unconstitutional

Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court (MK), Anwar Usman, reads out the ruling on the Job Creation Law in Jakarta on Thursday (November 25, 2021). (ANTARA/Putu Indah Savitri/screenshot)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia's Constitutional Court (MK) on Thursday ruled that the Job Creation Law is unconstitutional and ordered the government to amend parts of the controversial law within two years.

"It (the law) is contrary to the 1945 Constitution and does not have conditional legal binding as long as it is not interpreted as 'no changes were not made in two years since the ruling',"  Chief Justice  Anwar Usman said while reading out the ruling, which was broadcast on the MK's YouTube channel and accessed from here on Thursday.

The law will remain effective until the government and the legislators revise some parts of the law within the timeframe, he added.

If the changes are not made in two years, the legislation would be deemed permanently unconstitutional, he said.

"If the amendment cannot be made within two years, laws or articles that were already revoked or changed by the job creation law must be revived," he added.

The court also ordered the suspension of any strategic move or policy that has broad impacts as well as the issuance of new regulations linked to Law no. 11/2020 on Job Creation.

The law, which was passed last year and led to the revision of more than 70 existing laws, sparked protests across Indonesia and complaints that it undermined labor rights and environmental safeguards.

The ruling described the way the legislation was handled as procedurally flawed.

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