Report Launch Seminar: The Plural Regulation of Work: A Pilot Study of Restaurant Workers in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Launch

Report Launch Seminar: The Plural Regulation of Work: A Pilot Study of Restaurant Workers in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

This seminar will launch a Research Report, and present its major findings, on the plural regulation of work arrangements in restaurants in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.   Discussion of informal employment tends to focus on the ‘failure’ of labour law to protect many workers around the world, and labels employment as being informal where there is an absence of labour law. Such an approach implies that work arrangements that fall outside the scope of formal labour law are unregulated. This project aimed to contribute to correcting this view by designing a methodology capable of investigating the formal laws and informal (non-state) norms and institutions, and the overlaps and interactions between them, in regulating work arrangements. In other words, we are asking the empirical question ‘What is actually regulating work?’   Originally funded by an interdisciplinary seed grant from the University of Melbourne, we have piloted this methodology in both Yogyakarta and in Melbourne. After providing an extensive review of the international and Indonesia-specific literature on the informal regulation of work, the Report presents the findings of the research in Yogyakarta (we plan to publish the Melbourne results at a later date). 

Presenters

  • Professor John Howe
    Professor John Howe, Melbourne Law School
  • Dr Petra Mahy
    Dr Petra Mahy, Monash University