Mon, 18 Jan 2010
From: The Jakarta Post
By Kairul Saleh, The Jakarta Post, Palembang
Having phased out the hiring of temporary workers across its agencies, the South Sumatra administration is preparing to implement an outsourcing system as stipulated under a 2005 government regulation on the appointment of temporary employees to become full-fledged civil servants.

Under the regulation, all provincial administration agencies will subcontract the service to third parties or outsourcing companies.

South Sumatra Civil Service Agency head Muzakir said recently the entire roster of temporary employees working in the agencies, and who were not included in the provincial administration database, would no longer be the responsibility of the administration.

This, he said, was because there would no longer be temporary employees at administrative agencies.

“Their performance will also be evaluated periodically, and the contracts of those who are
deemed lazy will be terminated,” Muzakir said.

In the employment system, he added, new temporary employees would no longer be hired
unless there was a shortage of workers provided by the outsourcing company.

“An agreement will be made later to ensure that workers provided by the outsourcing company come from available pool of temporary workers,” Muzakir said.

The temporary employees currently employed at the various agencies will be prioritized to stay there, based on the agreement and commitments made, he added.

Third parties are not allowed to employ workers other than the temporary employees currently working for the agencies.

“If the demand exceeds the supply of temporary employees, the outsourcing company can employ others,” Muzakir said, adding the services of temporary teachers and medical workers were still needed.

In response, Amran, a temporary worker at an undisclosed agency, expressed concern at the new policy’s implementation that would not allow temporary employees the opportunity to become full-fledged civil servants.

“This new system is regrettable because it will dash our hopes of being appointed civil servants, not
to mention the bribery that will ensue in the enrollment process,” he said.

“Our period of service will be rendered meaningless, just like that.”

Another temporary employee, Irma, also declining to name the agency she worked for, said the policy would only raise the unemployment rate and dash the hopes of people like her who hoped to become civil servants.

“The unemployment rate will definitely be higher if the outsourcing system is implemented,” she said.

“Where hope do we have left if the chance that has been dangling right before our eyes is taken away?”

The Palembang municipal administration will no longer hire temporary employees this year. Counter to the provincial administration’s outsourcing system, the municipality has opted to stick with the working contract system that it has used for the past three years.

“We’ve used the contract system for a while now, so we won’t go with the outsourcing system because it’d be troublesome to use the services of third parties,” said a municipal official.

“In the contract system, the performance of an employee is evaluated annually.”

He added that under the contract system, temporary employees at the municipality were not immediately appointed civil servants, but rather had to go through a series of official procedures, such as entrance tests.



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