Friday, 18 July, 2008 | 20:32 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:
Industry minister Fahmi Idris said that to facilitate implementation,
the policy will be divided according to four major areas: West Java
and Banten, West Java and Jogyakarta area, East Java and Bali.
â€śThere are 12.000 industrial plants in the four areas,â€ť said Fahmi,
following the opening of the International Furniture & Craft Fair at
JW Marriot Hotel yesterday. â€śThey use 38 percent of the total
electricity required,â€ť he added.
This is far different than home-based consumers, which number around
40 million, but only use 26 percent of total required. Therefore, the
policy for the industrial sector would contribute significantly
towards reducing electricity needs.
Fahmi acknowledged that the policy has triggered pros and cons, both
from the business community and the workers. The workers have
requested the change of their working hours be counted as overtime.
Indonesian Furniture Association chairman, Ambar Tjahyono, feels
the five-ministersâ€™ joint-decree will create disputes among the
different levels of workers. Additionally, the governmentâ€™s current
regulations on overtime is uncertain and not well enforced.
Business people have no reason to reject the policy, Ambar said .
However she has asked state-owned electricity company (PLN) not to
cut back the power supply, particularly on Saturdays and Sundays when
the industries are operating. â€śPLN must immediately solve this power
crisis and improve their services,â€ť said Ambar.
To minimize workersâ€™ rejection over the policy, the Manpower
Department held a series of meetings with the unions beginning last
Monday. The businessmen have also been asked to inform their
employees of the upcoming changes in their working hours. â€śI am
optimistic this policy will succeed,â€ť said Fahmi.