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.

Govt to ensure political stability ahead of 2014 general elections
The Jakarta Post, April 11, 2013

Vice President Boediono has promised that the government will work extra hard to maintain political stability ahead of the general elections next year so that the possible escalation of political tensions does not affect business.

Speaking in his address during the closing of the Indonesian Employers’ Association (Apindo) congress on Wednesday, the Vice President said that the government would not allow labor protests and other forms of security disturbances to cause political instability.

Boediono said President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had ordered Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto and all ministers, as well as the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police, to enforce the law and ensure security for all businesspeople.

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Minimum wage could prove costly for Jakarta
Asia News Network,  April 10, 2013

Some 90 companies are planning to move out of Jakarta and surrounding industrial cities, citing an inability to pay the new minimum wage, and looking to move to locations in Central Java where labour costs are cheaper by half.

"They say it is too expensive to operate here after minimum wages in Jakarta rose by 40 per cent and in Bogor by 70 per cent," Daniel Purba of the Indonesian Employers' Association (Apindo) told The Straits Times.

The planned exodus comes as the International Labour Organisation (ILO) released a report on labour trends which found that more wages are being paid closer to the minimum wage level.

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Business told to shape up ahead of ASEAN single market
The Jakarta Post, April 10, 2013

Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan urged local business players on Tuesday to be fully prepared to face fierce competition resulting from the influx of foreign goods following the implementation of the ASEAN single market in 2015.

Speaking during a leadership gathering of the Indonesian Employers’ Association (Apindo) in Jakarta on Tuesday, Gita said Indonesian manufacturers should improve their quality if they wanted to take advantage of the ASEAN single market, which is envisioned to ensure free flows of goods and services between ASEAN countries, consisting of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.

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Minister supports employers' desire to set wages for workers
Antara News, April 9, 2013

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Chief Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa has supported the idea that minimum wages for laborers should be decided based on the productivity and capability of the company.

"The minimum wages for laborers should be decided by the bipartite body. We in the government should only indicate the lowest limit," Hatta said after attending a dialog organized during the Ninth National Congress of the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) here on Tuesday.

Now, as contained in Law No. 13/2003 on Manpower, the wage should be decided by regional government heads.

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Sofyan Wanandi reelected as Apindo general chairman
Antara News, April 9, 2013

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Sofyan Wanandi was reelected as the general chairman of the Association of Indonesian Employers (Apindo) in a congress here on Tuesday.

"Thank you for the mandate. I need your help and cooperation to build Apindo and Indonesia," he said in response to his reelection.

He admitted that the task was heavy in view of his age and physical conditions. "So, in view of the two factors it is not impossible that I might not be able to carry out the job until the next five years," he said.

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Apindo Calls for Higher Subsidized Fuel Price to Ease the State Budget
The Jakarta Globe, April 09, 2013

The Indonesian Employers Association has called on the government to raise the subsidized fuel price in order to maintain the country’s economic stability as fuel costs fracture the state budget.

The address from the association, known as Apindo, is the latest in a series of calls for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to raise the subsidized fuel price.

The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), another strong private-sector lobby group, has made a similar call, saying that the business community would prefer the government use the money that is now being spent on the subsidy for long-term investments such as infrastructure.

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President calls for eradication of illegal levies
Antara News,  April 09, 2013

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for cooperation among regional heads of government to erase illegal levies locally known as "Pungli" on private companies.

Illegal fees could make companies to lose their ability to pay the wage of their workers, he said here on Monday.

"I wish no company would be squeezed any more and no more illegal levies happen. If it has gone too much just let me know so we can tackle it together," he said.

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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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