Erick Thohir Explains the Importance of PSSI Partnering with BPJS Employment to Give Protection to Referees

Erick Thohir Explains the Importance of PSSI Partnering with BPJS Employment to Give Protection to Referees, Jakarta – PSSI under the leadership of PSSI Chairman Erick Thohir made a breakthrough related to the welfare of the referee. The Indonesian football federation partners with BPJS Employment to provide social security protection to all referees who serve in Indonesian football competitions, League 1 and League 2.

Submission of membership cards was carried out by the Main Director of BPJS Ketenagakerjaan Anggoro Eko Cahyo and the General Chairperson of PSSI to representatives of referees, totaling 353 people at the Ministry of BUMN office on Thursday, 13 April 2023.

Erick, who also serves as Minister of BUMN, explained that referees are indeed his concern in the effort to build clean Indonesian football. “Therefore, in this first stage, the welfare factor is crucial by making the referee part of the BPJS Employment participants,” said Erick in a written statement distributed to the media, Thursday.

“Although the main welfare for referees is obtained while on duty in the field, with BPJS Employment as part of social protection, at least our referees can be protected if they experience the risk of a work accident or die, so that it can lighten their burden,” he added.

PSSI Chairman Erick Thohir gives a statement at the inauguration ceremony for PSSI cooperation with BPJS Employment at the Office of the Ministry of BUMN, Jakarta, Thursday, 13 April 2023. | PSI Media Team

The Managing Director of BPJS Ketenagakerjaan, Anggoro, stated that all workers have constitutional rights to protection. “This is proof that the state is here to protect all citizens, especially workers. Moreover, the profession as a referee is very prone to work accidents both on and off the field. So naturally they need social security protection from BPJS Employment,” said Anggoro.

Furthermore, Anggoro explained that the protection provided by Employment BPJS for referees was divided into two programs, namely Work Accident Insurance (JKK) and Death Insurance (JKM).

With this protection, if a referee has an accident while working to lead a match, BPJS Ketenagakerjaan will bear all the costs of treatment until he recovers. If during the treatment and recovery period, the referee is unable to work, BPJS Employment will also pay 100 percent of his wages for a year and then 50 percent until he recovers.

PSSI and BPJS Ketenagakerjaan agree to oblige sports actors, associations, leagues, clubs, officials, players and team supporters to be protected by the employment social security program, in the future.

“Hopefully our joint efforts can improve the welfare of the referees and all other workers in the PSSI ecosystem, so that they can work hard worry-free and will indirectly have an impact on improving the quality of Indonesian football,” said Anggoro.

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