Luxury Bali hotels staffed with teams of foreign workers should give those jobs to Indonesians and all foreigners on the island should be more closely monitored, a worker’s union official has said.
The Badung government — the regency in which the majority of Bali’s hotels are located — must intensify its scrutiny of expatriate workers in Bali, and carry out spot inspections, head of the Badung Tourism Workers’ Union Putu Satyawira said.
He said that in his experience many five-star hotels in Bali had up to 10 foreign workers each, in managerial positions, and he added that most foreigners working in Bali did not have the appropriate immigration documentation and only had tourist visas, which prohibit work.
Violations of visas usually result in deportation.
“There are many who have tourist visas and if others have work permits, their position is not in accordance with the authorisation (of the papers),” Satyawira said at the weekend.
There are no official figures for the number of foreigners living in Bali but estimates range up to 10,000. Foreigners are only permitted to work in Indonesia under a KITAS visa, which is sponsored by a local company.