Protests in several Indonesian cities turned violent Thursday.
Calm has mostly returned after the government warned protesters it will not tolerate any additional destruction and attacks on communities and police.
Labor organizers staged a national attack Tuesday to demand that the government revoke the laws.
The Job Creation Law accepted by Parliament on Monday will likely greatly change Indonesia’s labor system and natural resources management. It amended 79 past laws and was meant to enhance organizational efficiency as part of attempts by President Joko Widodo’s government to draw more investment.
The demonstrators say that the law will hurt employees by lowering severance pay, eliminating restrictions on manual labor by overseas workers, raising the utilization of outsourcing, and converting yearly wages to hourly salary.
Widodo told a televised news conference late Friday that the law was supposed to improve employees’ welfare.
“What I see is that the widespread protest against the Job Creation Law is essentially driven by misinformation concerning the law’s material and societal networking hoaxes,” Widodo said.
He also dismissed reports that employees would not be compensated during their departure.
“I guarantee you that this is false. Employees’ leave remains and is ensured,” Widodo said.
Widodo urged those that are disappointed with law enforcement to challenge it in the Constitutional Court and prevent protests.
“Many of them do not know the material of this new law,” Yunus said, “They’ve been actuated by invitation on interpersonal websites to make a riot in Jakarta.”
Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s biggest market, is eagerly courting foreign investors as key drivers of economic growth in a country where almost half of the population of 270 million are younger than 30.