Sidoarjo, – During the Covid-19 pandemic, the global workforce showed vulnerability to social-economic disruption, especially for migrant workers, women workers, informal workers and workers with disabilities. Therefore, the government, employers and workers must renew their joint commitment to strengthen the readiness of workers to overcome the impact of the crisis and face the world of work in the future.

“Especially at this time, we have a big vision to realize an Advanced Indonesia. A productive workforce, having the capacity and capability, as well as being resilient and adaptive in changing situations, is of course very much needed to realize this vision,” said Vice President (VP) K.H. Ma’ruf Amin while attending the Napak Tilas and Commemoration of the 67th Anniversary of the Confederation of Indonesian Muslim Workers’ Unions (K-Sarbumusi) at Graha Mahar Agung Tulangan, Jalan Raya Tulangan, Sidoarjo, East Java, Friday (30/09) /2022).

Not only that, continued the VP, the new world of work that makes workers as the center requires recovery efforts that are also worker-centered, namely by paying attention to the rights, needs and aspirations of workers.

“This is in line with the mandate of the International Labor Organization or ILO 100 Year Declaration,” he said.

Furthermore, the VP stated that as recommended by the ILO, social dialogue is the most effective mechanism in conveying inputs for formulating policies in response to challenges in the employment sector.

“A study conducted by the ILO in 2021 in 133 countries shows that trade unions collaborate with governments and employers through social dialogue to formulate policies, both at national and international levels, in strengthening workers’ capacities when a crisis hits, as well as in formulating long-term strategies to overcome the impact of the crisis,” explained the VP.

“Social dialogue to find common solutions to various labor problems is one of the pillars of the ILO’s guidelines in dealing with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis,” he added.

For this reason, on the momentum of K-Sarbumusi’s anniversary, the VP advised that K-Sarbumusi continue to pay attention to the vision, agenda, and global trends in the employment sector. In addition to continuing to uphold the values ​​and understanding of Nahdliyin in responding to various problems.

“Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) adheres to the understanding of ahlussunah wal jama’ah which has a mindset of taking the middle ground between aqli and naqli. This is the identity of Nahdliyin. Nahdliyin’s framework of thinking is called fikrah nahdliyah which is based on the khittah nahdliyah in determining the direction of the struggle to realize ishlah-al-ummah or the improvement of the people,” he explained.

The social dialogue mandated by the ILO, said the VP, is actually in line with NU’s way of thinking. Because according to him, social dialogue will support social cohesion which will contribute to the functioning of the economy to improve the welfare of the community, especially workers.

“This is also what NU wants, goodness and improvement for the people, nation and state,” he stated.

Finally, on this occasion the VP also expressed his appreciation for all the work of K-Sarbumusi as an autonomous NU body since 1955 which has now become one of the five largest workers’ organizations in Indonesia with a membership of hundreds of thousands of people.

“This is a very important modality for K-Sarbumusi to become a driving machine for the transformation of workers that we all hope for,” he concluded.

Previously, the Minister of Manpower Ida Fauziyah said that the global challenges faced by workers can be overcome through the cooperation of the government and interested parties so that they can collaborate in finding solutions.

“I think the challenges and dynamics are really extraordinary. And we can overcome all these challenges with collaboration, synergistic work between the government, employers, and this group of trade unions,” said Ida.

Present on the occasion were the Governor of East Java Khofifah Indar Parawansa, the Regent of Sidoarjo Ahmad Mudlor Ali, along with members of the Regional Leadership Coordination Forum of East Java Province.

Meanwhile, the VP was accompanied by the Head of the Vice President’s Secretariat, Ahmad Erani Yustika; Deputy for Human Development Policy Support and Development Equity, Suprayoga Hadi; Special Staff for the VP, Masduki Baidlowi, Imam Aziz, Robikin Emhas, and Lukmanul Hakim; and the Expert Team for the VP, Farhat Brachma. (NN – BPMI Setwapres)