By Angie Teo and Tabita Diela
JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo came under increasing pressure to repeal his new controversial labour law on Friday with union and Muslim groups preparing to challege it in court and some regional leaders publicly opposing the legislation.
The KSPI labour group, among the organisers of three-day national strikes ending Thursday, is preparing to lodge a case against the new law in the Constitutional Court, the group’s president Said Iqbal said in a statement.
Nahdlatul Ulama, Indonesia’s biggest Muslim group with millions of followers, would also challenge the law in the court, it said in its official Twitter account.
The “omnibus” jobs creation bill, passed into law on Monday, has seen thousands of people across the world’s fourth-most populous nation take to the streets in protest, saying it undermines labour rights and weakens environmental protections.
Clashes erupted in some cities on Thursday, including
A New York City law banning the use of chokeholds by police was upheld in a state court on Monday, following a challenge by police unions.
The legislation was signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in July in reaction to massive demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, an African American man killed during his arrest by Minneapolis police officers. New York saw a related controversy in 2014, when an NYPD officer attempted to arrest resident Eric Garner, but killed Garner after placing him in a chokehold. Former NYPD commissioner James Oâ€™Neill fired the officer in 2019, following a recommendation from a police judge.
The New York City Council in July 2020 passed a law by councilman Rory Lancman, a Democrat from Queens, banning the use of chokeholds by a vote of 47-3. The law was upheld in a ruling by Judge Laurence L. Love of the 1st Judicial District
Hoboken Grace hosts 10th annual 1Day in Hoboken
Hundreds of volunteers recently performed extensive work throughout Hoboken to help better the city as part of 1Day Hoboken, a day of volunteering hosted by Hoboken Grace Community Church. Extra safety precautions were taken as volunteers met virtually and at various outdoor launch spots throughout the city and then spread out throughout Hoboken working on projects for various organizations serving the city.
More than 370 participants completed 37 different projects throughout Hoboken. Working with the city, church spokesmen said projects included painting 1000′s of railings, refurbishing benches, gardening and planting 1000′s of flowers and bulbs and picking up litter in the city’s various parks, beaches and fields. Some of the locations included, Church Square Park, Steven’s Park, Sinatra Park, Elysian Park, Mama Johnson Field, Jefferson Park, Maxell and Sinatra Beaches and the Weehawken Cove. Participants painted and gardened at the Boys &