The Labor Union denies any mass layoffs that have occurred in Bandung Regency in recent times. The issue of mass layoffs has been widely discussed, it is even mentioned that in West Java, 79,000 workers were laid off due to difficult economic conditions. Most of the mass layoffs occurred in the textile and textile product industry. Although most of the massive layoffs occurred in Sukabumi and Subang Regencies. However, Bandung district is an area that has labor-intensive industries such as textiles and garments.
"To my knowledge, there is no such thing as mass layoffs occurring in the Bandung Regency area," said Adang, chairman of the Indonesian Trade Union Federation (FPSI) of Bandung Regency, Monday, November 14, 2022.
Although layoffs occur a lot, Adang said it was not something extraordinary, in fact it tended to be under normal circumstances.
"Indeed there are layoffs, but they are normal. For example, because of the age factor, or what happens when the contract is terminated, the contract also runs out," he added.
Usually in the event of massive layoffs, the union will receive a report from its members. However, so far there has been no incoming information from members regarding the large layoffs that occurred in Bandung Regency.
"We alone have around 7,000 members in Bandung Regency. If there are layoffs, members will report and we provide assistance, related to the fulfillment of workers' rights," he explained.
In fact, most of the FSPSI members are labor-intensive industries such as textiles and garments, which are said to be the biggest contributors to mass layoffs.
Likewise with other labor unions, until now there has been no information about massive layoffs occurring in industries in Bandung Regency.
He suspects that the tens of thousands of layoffs in the West Java area were deliberately carried out by businessmen who wanted to appear at a loss.