500 Employees of Ngurah Rai Airport are at Risk of Dismissal

DENPASAR~

Dozens members of Ngurah Rai Airport Vendors Group (P2B) complained about their fate to the Vice Governor related to circulatory letter from PT Angkasa Pura asking them to close their shops by September 10, 2013.

“We agree that if by Spetember 10 there is no clarity on where they will be moved to, then on September 11 we will fire our 500 employees in front of the Wiswasabha Building of Bali Governor office,” said the Chairman of Ngurah Rai P2B Wayan Sukses when delivered the complaint to Vice Governor of Bali Ketut Sudikerta in Denpasar on Thursday.

According to him, the circulatory letter dated August 26, 2013, signed by General Manager of PT Angkasa Pura I Purwanto about the Plan of Moving New International Airport at Ngurah RAi Airport has caused anxiety on the vendors.

“The letter isn’t socialized to us, in which it asks us to be prepared in relation to the migration of the new international terminal, but it doesn’t mention where we will be moved. It’s the same as asking us to close the shops and of course we can’t employ staffs is our business is closed,” he said.

The administration of Ngurah RAi P2B, he said, came to deliver our aspiration in purpose to the government of Bali Province so that they find a solution for the problem. If those forty shops owned by members of P2B at the international arrival terminal are closed, it means that around 500 employees will lost their job.

“If it’s still unclear, so we as the business owners agree to fire the employees without any provident fund and we will handover our responsibility on those 500 employees to the government of Bali Province,” he said.

Meanwhile, Vice Governor of Bali Ketut Sudikerta listened to the complaint from Ngurah Rai P2B promised that he will make a meeting with PT Angkasa Pura to find a solution on Friday.

“We, the government of Bali Province, certainly have duty and commitment to protect the people. Moreover, it accommodates many employees. If redundancy occurs, it will create new problem,” he said.

Meanwhile, the government of Bali Province categorize PT Angkasa Pura I ignoring the micro, small and medium business (UMKM) since they don’t get a chance to sell goods at Ngurah Rai International Airport.

“In the law, UMKM should get the priority,” said the Head of Department of Cooperation and UMKM Bali Province Dewa Nyoman Patra in Denpasar.

He accused the Service Bussiness Unit (SBU)  as the subsidiary company of PT Angkasa Pura I has violated the Law Number 20 of 2008 about Protection to Micro Small and Medium Bussiness.

The accusation is the Provincial government response on the stall auction at Ngurah Rai airport done by SBU that not give any chance to the olde vendors united in the Airport Vendors Association (P2B).

Dewa Patra asked SBU and P2B to work together finding the solution for the problem since PT Angkasa Pura had signed the commitment to provide spaces for 121 old vendors.

“If they ignored it, the Governor of Bali as the right hand of central government could make strategic plan,” he said.

On the same occasion, the Chair of P2B Wayan Sukses assumed that Angkasa Pura covered up some auction requirements and obligation to pay deposit of Rp 30 millions and earns billions rupiah. “The requirements unlikely to be met by UMKM,” said Wayan Sukses.

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