Parliament gives approval to AAC
Parliament on Thursday passed legislation aimed at legally installing the Labor Advice Board (AAC). Reports indicate that 37 MPs voted in favor of the AAC. Prior to this the advisory body had been installed by decree. Legislators seized the opportunity to bring the AAC in line with modern standards and existing treaties. There are, however, still a few issues that must be addressed such as the independence of the chairman and the functioning of the AAC in relation to other advisory bodies. MP Raymond Sapoen and MP Patricia Etnel (NPS) placed several critical comments with regards to these 2 issues. MP Sapoen pointed out that he wonders from which planet the independent person must come who is expected to have no ties with the government, employers organizations and the labor unions.
Labor Minister Soewarto Moestadja pointed out that the government would have to work hard to find the right candidate for the job. This will remain a job for the ministry that has been tasked with labor affairs.
MP Etnel referred to the Tripartite Talks and the Social Economic Council (SER) which also serve as advisory bodies. These two bodies report to the president while the AAC reports to the minister of Labor. MP Etnel wonders whose advice will be taken for the decision making. She therefore pleads for uniformity within the advisory councils. “I do not have a readymade answer,” said Minister Moestadja. The government will reportedly address the issue internally.