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Indonesia's parliament passes contentious 'job creation' bill

Unions plan to launch a nationwide strike against omnibus legislation

JAKARTA -- Indonesia's parliament on Monday passed the highly contentious "job creation" bill, a cornerstone policy of President Joko Widodo's second term to cut red tape and boost investment in the country.

The bill, widely known as the omnibus bill, includes sweeping legislation changes to revise 76 laws in key sectors such as labor and tax. But the law has been attacked by some factions for disregarding workers' rights and environmental protections, and the government appears to have backtracked on some changes from its original draft bill last year.

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