Chairman of the Federation of Indonesian Union Trade Unions (FSBPI), Dian Septi Trisnanti said that the Emergency Community Activity Restrictions (PPKM) almost did not apply to many workers in the textile, garment, shoe and leather (TGSL) manufacturing sector.
According to Dian, there are at least dozens of TGSL manufacturing plants in the Jakarta, Tangerang, Subang, Sukabumi and Solo areas that are still fully operational.
"In many industrial centers of this sector, for example, Cakung, Tangerang, Subang, Sukabumi, and Solo, dozens of factories are still operating 100 percent," said Dian.
Furthermore, Dian revealed, these workers are required to work if they do not want to lose their jobs.
In fact, they are often asked to work overtime without being provided with personal protective equipment (PPE) in a closed congested space.
"In closed and congested spaces, without personal protective equipment, PPE, masks, hand sanitizers, hand washing facilities, and adequate health facilities such as clinics, initial tests, or supporting vitamins," he said.
In addition, Dian said, the factory cluster was one of the clusters with the most aggressive distribution during the Emergency PPKM period.
Based on the data it has, in the last two weeks, at least thousands of union members in the TGSL sector have been exposed to Covid-19.
"In the last two weeks alone, thousands of our members in the Cakung, Tangerang, Subang, Sukabumi, and Solo areas were exposed through workplaces or factories," he said.
According to Dian, the current Emergency PPKM policy still seems loose and there are almost no significant sanctions for a number of violations.
"On the other hand, PPKM policy inconsistencies also occur, for example, restrictions on transportation mobility are applied, but activities are carried out in several places," he said.
"For example, factory production activities, trials in district courts, and others, continue to take place, causing people to often become confused," continued Dian.