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Jokowi's labor law reforms risk antagonizing Indonesia's unions

Jakarta needs to simplify system which puts off foreign business investment

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Hundreds of labors hold protest against the employment omnibus law in Jakarta on Jan. 20: there is resistance from labor unions, particularly to the sections on creating jobs and labor reform.   © Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Indonesia, which sits below Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand in global competitiveness rankings, is a classic example of how legal uncertainty, legislative sprawl and labor issues can put off global investors.

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