Indonesian Power Plant Projects Filled with Foreign Workers

Eko Nordiansyah    •    Kamis, 20 Aug 2015 14:10 WIB
Indonesian Power Plant Projects Filled with Foreign Workers
Illustration of power plant. (Photo: Antara Foto / Widodo S Jusuf), Jakarta: The project of constructing the 35,000 Mega Watt (MW) power plant carries positive effect to the economic development. However, the construction work assisted by the private companies is filled with foreign workers.

Deputy Chairman of Infrastructure Industry and Chamber of Commerce, Zulnahar Usman said that the foreign workers coming into Indonesia are allowed as long as they work on the upper level with certain skills. While in reality, the workers have been employed as the lower level of the project.

"They should have come into the strategic level, for example if they bring in investments, they should be the director of finance. But in reality there are lots of field workers," said Zulnahar when met at the Office of the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, Jalan Pattimura No 20, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, Wednesday (8/19/2015).

He thinks that the foreign workers are usually posted from their previous occupations at the mining sector, then moved into the power plant construction project. "They came in from mining to power plants as knowing the government needs power plants. They brought in foreign workers," he deliberated.

Although having no certain number, Zulnahar estimated the number of foreign workers have reached more than thousands of people, as spread within the power plant project sites such as Bali, Kalimantan and Sumatra.

Therefore, to eliminate the domination of foreign workers in the power plant development projects, Zulnahar asked the government to conduct tighter observation. Aside from that, he had also requested that there will be better coordination between the Ministry of Employment, along with the Employment Services in the regions.

"So they came in through their employment agencies. If they come in legally, they should be in the system at the Employment Ministry. It has reduced as we have reported to the ministry, but still there has to be supervision," said Zulnahar.