#MayDay and The Dark Shades of Employment Relations in Gig Economy (in Indonesia)

The International Labours/Workers Day or May Day is ‘celebrated’ in many countries, including Indonesia. Various issues and demands were voiced by Indonesian trade unions in each year’s May Day ‘celebration’. Lately, the demands were predominantly around issues of outsourcing and (increased minimum) wages. The movement does indeed contain positive message in improving the condition of …

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The Partnership for You: an Investment or a Cost?

I attended the Chevening Partnership Reception on last Wednesday, March 21st 2018 at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). A diverse networks of corporate and university partners gathered to receive such appreciations from the FCO for their contributions to the Chevening Scholarship Programme. A number of Chevening Scholars (from the Partnerships) and alumni were also …

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Would Indonesian State (Government) be a ‘Model Employer’?

In the previous term, I was asked to discuss about whether the state (in the UK) can be a model-employer or not. As I had no classes due to lecturers' strike, I then tried to apply the same question to Indonesian context, but focused on civil service institution: In employment relations context, the state is …

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Is Posthuman (or Superhuman?) Resources Management Needed?

McKinsey & Company (2016) released a research based article entitled “Where machines could replace humans – and where they can’t (yet)”. The conclusion they made were involving analysist of 2000 plus activities from more than 800 occupations from US Bureau of Labor Statistics and O*Net. It is worth noting that the report was not considering …

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Commentary: Lecturers’ Right to Strike and Students’ Compensation Demand

Today is marking the first day of lecturers’ strike action in several universities in the UK, including mine. I received some emails from my lecturer earlier this week to confirm their participation on the strike action upon their grievance related to their changing pension scheme. You can see the updates of today’s rally and picket …

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‘Good’ Questions, ‘-Bad- [The Other Type]’ Questions

I just received some results of my first term exams. I personally have more confidence in doing case study / discussing an issue and making / delivering presentation in front of examiners; rather than writing an academic essay. Thus, I know how to set my expectations when I submitted my papers and received the results. …

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Make the Dots, Connect Later …

Today is the first day of the second term for MSc Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations program in Manchester Business School (@lifeatambs), sponsored by the Government of the UK through Chevening (@Cheveningfco) Awards program. I was so excited in joining the International HRM course in the morning and Employment Policy and Practice course in …

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An Old Q: Is Any Job Better than No Job?

‘Normal’ discussion topics among last-year undergraduate or graduate students would be ‘have you applied to jobs?’ and/or ‘have you been accepted for a job?’. I assume that those who got a job before finishing their study would be having certain higher level of pride than those who still look for, or even don’t have any …

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Giliranmu Pakai Hastag #MyCheveningJourney: Daftar Sekarang!

Beberapa waktu terakhir rekan-rekan mengirim WA, FB message, DM Instagram, dan Linkedin untuk tanya-tanya soal proses beasiswa Chevening. Beasiswa Chevening ini sponsori aku untuk kuliah S2 di Manchester Business School – The University of Manchester ambil jurusan MSc Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations tahun 2017/2018. Selain prestigious, beasiswa Chevening ini menawarkan banyak aktivitas selama …

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Sowan ke Rumah Mbak Alissa: Mumpung Masih Muda, Benerin Polanya

Minggu lalu aku sempat pulang ke rumah di Temanggung. Di hari pertama aku di kampung halaman, tetiba terpikir untuk sowan ke rumah Mbak Alissa Wahid, putri dari Gus Dur, Presiden Republik Indonesia ke-4. Akhirnya aku coba kirim WhatsApp dan bertanya apakah beliau sedang berada di rumahnya yang di Jogja. Voila! WhatsAppku dibalas dan kita janjian …

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