Over 2,000 cruise ship workers who had been laid-off for over a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic have gone back to work overseas.
The Head of the Bali Labor Agency, Ida Bagus Ngurah Arda confirmed that many workers have gone back to work on cruise ships. “Around 2,702 migrant workers have gone back to work on cruise ships again after over 1 year of being laid off due to Covid-19 pandemic as of today (10/6).” Ngurah Arda said on Thursday morning (10/6).
However, Ngurah Arda explained that the amount of workers who went back to work recently is still considered small in comparison with the migrant workers who have been previously laid-off. “It’s still nothing compared to 15,742 cruise ship workers who were laid-off in 2020 due to the pandemic, but it’s still a good sign and it brings hope to the people who have been struggling to survive during these hard times.
He also explained that the Bali provincial government has made a regulation that will protect the rights and responsibility of each migrant worker while working overseas in accordance with the Governor’s Regulation Number 12 Year 2021. Governor has also created a system which makes the provincial government easier to control and supervise Bali migrant workers. “Apart from that system, the provincial government will also cooperate with the private sector to provide training and education in order to increase the quality of our human resources in the future.” Ngurah Arda concluded.