Jakarta (ANTARA) - Solidity among workers' organizations, employers' organizations, and the government could help overcome manpower sector challenges in the Industrial 4.0 era, Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah has said.

"I believe that through cohesiveness and solidity, we can go through challenges in the manpower sector," she stated during the peak of the International Labor Day celebration in Jakarta on Monday.

The challenges in the manpower sector in the Industrial 4.0 era are getting tougher since the era has opened up opportunities for the creation of new professions, but, at the same time, many old jobs have begun to disappear, she noted.

Meanwhile, there have also been major changes in terms of the type of work, the character of the work, and the skills needed by the business world in the digital transformation era, she pointed out.

According to the minister, in the middle of Industry 4.0, adjusting work patterns and business management is one way to face employment sector challenges.

"The situation requires us to change and make adjustments to work patterns and business management from traditional to digital as a solution to maintain business continuity," she explained.

Fauziyah said that solidity is needed to answer the challenges. Cohesiveness and solidity have helped Indonesia tide over the difficult times witnessed in the past two and a half years, she added.

"We could get through the COVID-19 pandemic together and in December 2022, the government officially revoked the community mobility restrictions (PPKM)," she said.

The pandemic situation has also provided an opportunity for the community to carry out self-improvement and make Indonesia a strong and resilient nation, she said.

"The challenges that will come in the future may be tougher, but, I believe, with the solidity of togetherness, our synergy can tackle all kinds of challenges in the future," she added.

According to Fauziyah, this cohesiveness and solidity can be realized through industrial relations institutions, namely through the National Tripartite Cooperation Institution (LKS) as well as through the national wage council as the official institution in the field of employment.

A total of 4.2 million workers are already members of labor unions, she noted. The number is still considered low compared to the number of workers in the country.

"This means that there are many of our labor workers who have not yet joined the union," she added.

Thus, she said she hopes that the membership of labor unions will increase, along with managerial skills that are professional, accountable, and the ability to find constructive solutions to support the progress of the nation.

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