JAKARTA (JP): President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono refused Wednesday to set a deadline for the issuance of the controversial government regulation on dismissal benefits.
"I haven't set a date ... but it will be issued soon," he told a press conference after chairing a cabinet meeting at the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration in South Jakarta.
Yudhoyono has been holding off signing the draft since the end of last year.
"The draft is in its final stages," he said.
Once issued, all aspects of the draft will be in accordance with the laws of both central and regional governments.
The government has said it is being careful in issuing the regulation, so as not to violate other laws or regulations.
The draft regulation on dismissal benefits was prepared to help employers better comply with the labor laws, but has been criticized by employers and labor unions for overlapping existing regulations and reducing protection rights for dismissed workers.
The latest draft stipulates that employers must pay 3 percent of workers' monthly salaries into a labor dismissal benefit program, to protect workers with monthly incomes of up to Rp 5.5 million (US$581). Previously, the regulation had stipulated that employers pay only 2 percent severance payment which was opposed by most workers. (rff)