MEMBACA “PHK MASSAL”: RANTAI NILAI INDUSTRI ELEKTRONIK, MEA, DAN TANTANGAN BAGI GERAKAN BURUH DI INDONESIA

Fathimah Fildzah Izzati

Abstract

"Mass layoffs" issue has been rising in labour’s political discourse in Indonesia, especially in the electronics industry sector, since early 2016, following the announcement of economic policy package to face the Asean Economic Community (AEC). Although the term of “mass” constructed in the issue goes against the employment data, but it is still important to analyze this issue because it related to the politics of production in the electronics industry. In the context of AEC, the precariousness of labour movement in electronic sector is also emerging along with the increase of labour market flexibility in this free market era. This study discusses the relationship between the mass layoffs issue, the implementation of AEC, and the labour movement in Indonesia, as well as the value chain of the electronics industry on the global level. It aims to show the role of labour movement in facing an economic scheme of AEC especially in electronics industry using value chain theory analysis. By using qualitative approach and literature review, the study found that the labour movement in Indonesia has an excellent opportunity to build strength at the regional level by understanding their own position in the governance of the global value chain and flexible labour market regime.

Keywords: Mass layoffs, Value Chain, Electronics Industry, Labor Market Flexibility, AEC, Labour Movement.

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