TEMPO.CO, Depok – Residents of Jatijajar in Tapos District, Depok, West Java staged a demonstration in front of a warehouse owned by the e-commerce platform Lazada on Monday, January 23, 2023.
They demanded the company hire local people according to regulations and roll out Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds for the environment.
“We demand that 30 percent of local employment be absorbed from the local area,” said demonstrator representative Heri Mustari.
Residents also asked for CSR funds for the environment which has never been provided. “We had sent proposals, but maybe they were thrown in the trash or ignored,” said the Jatijajar Youth Organization Advisory Council (MPKT).
“We want Lazada’s presence here to really bring benefits to residents and the environment, such as Posyandu [the integrated health service], Karang Taruna [youth groups], PKK [the Family Welfare Movement], and so on,” said Heri.
Lazada, he claimed, had never responded to the citizen’s proposal. “Even if there was one, we were only given Rp100,000,” Heri added.
Regarding the workforce, Heri lamented that Lazada did not announce job vacancies earlier in the region, but instead, people gained such information via social media or online. “Even if there is [vacancy], it’s only for a two-day to a one-week event. We demand more. At least there is an opportunity for Jatijajar residents to become employees,” said Heri.
If the residents’ demands are not met, he emphasized that they will stay at the location and will bring more people to join the protest. “There are now only 300 residents.”
Head of the community unit or RW 09 of Jatijajar, Ahmad Tugidi, said a company with a huge turnover must not turn the blind eye to the people in the area. “Residents cannot watch TV, water is sucked up, and there are noise and other disturbances. Residents only become spectators. [Lazada] makes no contribution to the environment,” said Ahmad.
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