Palm Oil Industry Absorbs 2,400 Papuan Indigenous Workers

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Kawasan perkebunan kelapa sawit PT PAL di Mimika, Papua. (Foto: Antara)
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NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – The palm oil industry is committed to creating jobs and helping poverty alleviation in Merauke and Boven Digoel, Papua by absorbing labor from Papuan Orang Asli (OAP).

Tunas Sawa Erma (TSE) Group Director Luwy Leunufna in Jakarta on Wednesday stated that since the last three years, more than 2,400 Papuan Orang Asli (OAP) workers have been absorbed and will continue to grow as the company expands.

Through the absorption of this workforce, it is expected that the distribution of papuans’ income can increase, their welfare can continue to improve sustainably,” he said in a written statement.

Overall, he continued, the absorption of labor in TSE Group reached 8,400 people of which 2,400 or 28.6 percent are indigenous papuans.

“At the moment we continue to strive to keep that ratio going up. Many papuan workers occupy important and strategic positions from section head, assistant manager to garden manager,” he said.

According to Luwy with Regional Minimum Wage (UMR) in Merauke in 2021 amounted to Rp4.2 million. This means that every month there is a turnover of Rp35 billion in circulation for employees.

“The allocation provides a multiplier effect for the development of the area, this does not include taxes,” he said.

Previously the Head of Merauke District’s One-Door Investment and Integrated Services Office, Justina Sianturi said the role of oil palm in development and investment in Merauke Regency is to absorb the workforce of 2,474 indigenous Papuans.

“People earn income from plasma plantations and improve the economy of the community and open new jobs,” he said.

Community Empowerment

Another role of palm oil is community empowerment which can move the economy of the community. As a place to market the results of the community’s business garden, environmental improvement, and increase the insights and knowledge of the community.

Papuan community leader Rev Albert Yoku acknowledged the role of oil palm plantations to reduce unemployment and create new jobs for thousands of people from different tribes.

Another benefit is to generate income for the community of ulayat rights owners and the communities around oil palm plantations, sakan because palm oil becomes a regional development car because of the high investment with capital that revolves around oil palm plantations.

“With the benefits of palm oil, it is easier for us to educate the community. As a result, negative palm campaigns can be resolved and the community is not easily influenced (negative campaigns),” he said. (lal)