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Too Many Foreign Workers in Bali?

Manpower Chief Says Foreign Workers are ‘Raping’ the Rights and Opportunities of Locals in Bali

(12/29/2011) The chief of the Bali Manpower and Transmigration Office, I Wayan Wiratha, has accused foreign workers in Bali of “raping” the rights and opportunities of local workers.

Quotes in Bisnis Bali, Wiratha said, “Foreign workers clearly 'rape' the opportunities of local workers.”

Wiratha says that important positions in companies should be filled by local people, increasing employment opportunities for Indonesians. Citing hotels and companies for their use of foreign workers, Wiratha explained, “this is more of a business calculation for the safeguarding of foreign investment.”

Admitting that the use of foreign personnel cannot be eliminated, Wiratha said the use of foreign workers can be controlled. “We can’t stop foreign workers from coming to Bali in this free market era. Work permits for foreigners are in the hands of the central government.”

In order to reduce the number of foreign workers in Bali the Governor has written to the Minister of Manpower and Transmigration to control the issuance of permits to foreign workers and consider the recommendations of provincial administrators in such matters.

Wiratha underlined that when positions can be filled by local workers it is better that those jobs be filled by Indonesians. At the same time, he accepted that the use of foreign labor – especially by foreign-investment companies – cannot be outlawed.