Attempts by superiors at work to force their employees to staycation for the sake of contract extensions have sparked the attention of many parties. Workers say that there are several sectors that are vulnerable to similar incidents, including textiles. Textile business actors also responded to the findings of these workers. Deputy Chairperson of the Indonesian Textile Association (API) Anne Patricia Sutanto said that this incident was actually not the first time, but women had to fight against sexual violence. "That's from ancient times (in the past) there have always been, but we as women have to fight, we give ourselves up doesn't mean we also get something. This is a matter of life principles, Indonesian women with laws that protect us, should say no, " he said, Wednesday (10/5/2023).
Economic pressure to weak bargaining power often makes workers inevitably accept the offer. If you refuse, your job could be lost due to the threat of not extending the contract.
"That's sexual harassment, I haven't heard of it at my factory. You have to fight, don't want it. If you can complain about it, there is a law," said Anne.
Not only the boss, the Labor Union was furious. President of the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) Said Iqbal revealed that this practice often occurs under outsourcing companies in several sectors.
"Indeed, many are affected by female workers, so industries that have a lot of sexual harassment or sexual harassment, for example, such as food and beverages, electronics, electronic components, textiles and some services such as supermarkets, toll guards, and white color operators also exist," he said.
After the case went viral, the Ministry of Manpower strongly condemned the alleged case of sexual harassment at a company in the Industrial Estate in Bekasi, West Java, which is currently viral on social media. Sexual harassment in the workplace is an act that cannot be tolerated.
The Minister of Manpower, Ida Fauziyah, said that his party had ordered the Labor Inspector of the Ministry of Manpower together with the West Java Provincial Labor Inspector to continue to investigate the case of alleged sexual harassment at the workplace that occurred in the Bekasi Industrial Area.
"We are still investigating this case and ensuring employment protection for victims, and encouraging victims to have the courage to report it to the authorities, including the Ministry of Manpower," said Minister of Manpower, Ida Fauziyah, in Jakarta, Tuesday (10/5/2023).