Who we are

Better Work Indonesia is part of the Better Work global program, which is a unique partnership between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).  It unites the expertise of the ILO in labour standards with that of the IFC in private sector development. Better Work Indonesia, which became operational in July 2011, is initially designed as a five-year program. The goal is to develop a sustainable approach that will allow the programme to continue independent operations after this five-year period. 
What we do

Better Work Indonesia (BWI) aims to improve compliance with labour standards and promote competitiveness in Indonesia’s apparel industry by assessing current workplace conditions and offering customized advisory and training services to factories to address their individual needs. The Better Work programme helps governments, unions and companies achieve compliance with the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) core labour standards and national labour laws through market incentives. It builds the capacity of employers, governments and unions to work together toward solutions that benefit all.

Rp 5 Trillion a Year Can Help End Child Labor in Indonesia, Labor Group Says
Jakarta Globe,  April 19, 2013

A budget of about Rp 5 trillion ($515 million) each year for 10 years can help eliminate child labor in Indonesia, according to a labor organization.

Timboel Siregar from the All Indonesia Labor Organization says this would help return at least 250,000 child workers to schools each year — several times more than the government's current 11,000 target.

"To reach that target, the government must spend more funds from both the state budget and the local budgets, at least Rp 5 trillion each year to return 250,000 child workers to school each year," Timboel said late on Thursday.

He said the funds would also cover counseling, school fees and living costs for the children.

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75 Percent Female workers in Jakarta experienced sexual violence
Kompas.com, April 21, 2013

Until now, there are many sexual crimes often received by female workers. In Jakarta, there are about 80,000 workers. As many as 90 percent of that number are women and 75 percent of female workers in Jakarta have experienced sexual violence

The annual report issued by the National Commission for Women in 2012 showing that there were 216,156 cases of sexual violence. Of which, as many as 2,521 are experienced by female workers. That figure is based on reported cases by female workers.

According to Jumingsih, chairman of the plant community level workers, cases of sexual harassment experienced by female workers often happened at the factory. The culprit can be from anyone, starting from their superiors, to the male workers.

"Usually they are raped by threatening of not renewing their contract. This is normally done at plants in North Jakarta," she said at the Contrast Office, Central Jakarta, Friday (04/19/2013).

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Indonesian Labor Law Fails to Protect Workers From Outsourcing Dilemmas: Researcher
Jakarta Globe, April 18, 2013

While a labor law to protect workers’ rights was passed a decade ago, laborers still suffer from discrimination and unfair employment terms due to outsourcing, a researcher said on Thursday.

Indrasari Tjandraningsih, a researcher at Akatiga Social Research Center, a nongovernmental research organization, said the 2003 Labor Law formally legalized outsourcing — the local term for contracting employees who are hired from outside firms.

“The outsourcing system is very problematic. Amid the increase of open unemployment in the past five years, outsourcing has become one of the answers for workers who do not get in the formal markets,” Indrasari said.

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January 2014, Social Security System handled by BPJS
Antara News, April 17, 2013

Starting in January 2014, the National Social Security System (SJSN) will be managed by a single entity that is called Social Security Agency (BPJS).

"Later in January 2014, it will be managed by a single entity, called BPJS, but the contract remains the same. The database will use e-ID (electronic identity cards) as a single identity," said Health Minister dr. Nafsiah Mboi, Sp.A. MPH in Makassar on Wednesday, after inaugurating the Siloam Hospitals Makassar.

She explained that, in principle of the health insurance system, the premium will be financed. Then it will be used for health services that is comprehensive and high quality in accordance with the law.
"So for those who can not afford, the government will pay the premium through Jamkesmas (Health Insurance) and Jamkesda (Regional Health Insurance)," she said

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News Analysis: Indonesia program
Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation, April 17, 2013

Jakarta, Indonesia (PNA/Xinhua) — Indonesia is undertaking measures to solve the high cost of logistics support, particularly in the manufacturing sector, which has affected the country’s overall competitiveness in the international market.

Sofyan Wanandi, chairman of the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo), said earlier that logistics cost in Indonesia takes up to 17 percent of overall industrial cost, adding that it is the highest ratio in Asia.

“In Malaysia it is only 8 percent, while in Japan it is only 5 percent. The government should address this by building more infrastructure projects such as roads, seaports, airports, and communications networks,” Wanandi said.

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World Bank Corrects Asia's Economic Growth Projection
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The World Bank corrected its 2013 economic growth forecast for developing countries in East Asia. The Bank warned about the possibility of an economic overheat that can lead to inflation and asset bubbles.

For Indonesia, the World Bank corrected its economic growth projection to 6.2 percent, lower that the initial prediction of 6.3 percent. The correction was made due to moderation in growth investing.

Apart from Indonesia, the World Bank also lowered China's 2013 economic growth to 8.3 percent from 8.4 percent.

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Minimum Wage: Absorp a number of new indicators
Bisnis.com, 19 April 2013

BISNIS.COM, JAKARTA - Determination of the minimum wage will not only based on the value of decent living, but also there are some other variables.

Other guidelines are macro productivity, economic growth, labor market conditions and most businesses can not afford (marginal).

According to the Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar, the government continued to seek remuneration system based on the principle of justice and welfare in accordance with economic growth.

"In fact, the discussion of the minimum wage next year is expected to be accelerated, so it will not cause problems," he said, Friday (04/19/2013)

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Better Work Indonesia

ILO Jakarta Office
Menara Thamrin Level 22
Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav. 3 | Jakarta 10250
Tel. +62 21 391 3112
Fax. +62 21 310 0766

E-mail: indonesia@betterwork.org

Better Work Indonesia is funded by the Australian and USA Government through AusAID and USDOL



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