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.

Labor inspectors needed for law enforcement
The Jakarta Post, Aug 2, 2012

The West Java administration blamed a lack of labor inspectors for its difficulties in imposing sanctions on companies that fail to register their workers with the state-owned insurance company, PT Jamsostek. 

Under the 1992 Social Security Program Law, companies with a minimum of ten workers or that pay at least Rp 1 million (US$106) in monthly salaries to their workforce are required to register their workers with Jamsostek. 

The insurance offers health care, occupational accident and death benefit plans to employees. 

West Java’s Transmigration and Labor Agency head, Hening Widiatmoko, said her agency found it difficult to enforce the law due to the lack of labor controllers.

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Inflation increases, but still within market expectations
The Jakarta Post, August 2, 2012  

Consumer prices accelerated in July on the back of surging food prices amid higher consumption at the beginning of Ramadhan, but levels still fulfilled market expectations.

Indonesia’s inflation rate rose to 4.56 percent year-on-year last month after surging to 4.53 percent in June, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) announced on Wednesday.

BPS chief Suryamin described the inflation levels as “normal”, as the rise was driven by seasonal factors, including the start of the fasting month, school holidays and the new academic year.

“Nothing pushed up the prices of any commodities too highly; this is still normal compared to the same month in previous years,” he said, comparing the inflation in July with 1.67 percent in the same month in 2010 and 0.7 percent in 2011.

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Discussion of workers retirement security have not touch the substance
Antara News, Aug 1, 2012

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Director of Membership PT Jamsostek Ahmad Anshori in the Jamsostek Journalists Club discussion series on Wednesday, said that Discussion of pension’s security in the national social security program is still vague and not swoops down on the substance, such as the amount of premiums and the amount of retirement money and other benefits received by workers.

Legislation states that workers that have worked for 15 years is entitled to pension in monthly basis via a mechanism that will be managed by the Social Security Administering Agency (BPJS) Employment begin July 1, 2015.

If the worker not work for 15 years or not pay premiums for 15 years, the pension fund will be given at once, instead of monthly.

The problem, said Anshori, with a working system in which the workers work in contract system and outsourcing like what happening right now, quite difficult for workers to work for 15 years at the company.

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Breast-Feeding Boost Sought In Regulation
The Jakarta Globe,  Aug 1, 2012

A worrying decline in exclusive breast-feeding by new mothers underlines the need for the government to move quickly and enact a regulation that is meant to encourage and make breast-feeding easier, health activists say. 

Tirta Prawita Sari, chairwoman of the Nutrition Conscious Society Foundation, said discussion of the regulation had been sidelined by the government after the untimely death for former Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih in May. 

Tirta said that as more women worked outside of the home, exclusive breast-feeding would continue to dwindle unless the government moved to ensure the rights of working mothers were protected. 

Under the regulation, offices and public buildings will be obliged to provide a nursing room where mothers can breast-feed or pump milk as if in the privacy of their home. 

The regulation would also oblige companies to provide certain concessions for female employees such as allowing them regular breaks to breast-feed or pump milk.

Union: CONFLICT OF WORKERS: The two KSPSI parties held a reconciliation
Bisnis Indonesia, Aug 1, 2012

The two factions of Confederation of All Indonesian Workers Union that currently divided is doing a reconciliation
The camp is the Chairman of Confederation of All Indonesia Workers (KSPSI) Kalibata Sjukur Sarto and Chairman of Congress who got elected in Congress of Malang, East Java, Yorris Raweyay
Minister of Manpower and Transmigration Muhaimin Iskandar is scheduled to present his speech, as well as Chairman of the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) Sofjan Wanandi.
Yorris hold the chairman position of KSPSI from Mathias Tambing, who actually replaced the position of Jacob Nuwawea who was sick.
When KSPSI Congress was held in Malang, some officials also held a similar congress in Jakarta that led to Jacob's son, Andi Gani Nena Wea as KSPSI President.
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Workers Opens THR Complaint Posts
Tempo, Aug 2, 2012

Confederation of All Indonesian Workers Union (KSPSI) West Java will open posts for workers who want to report the implementation of the payment of holiday allowance. "We will advocate for workers, laborers, who do not get paid THR, whose THR also not in accordance (with the regulation)," said Chairman Roy Jintho KSPSI West Java in Bandung, Tuesday, July 31, 2012.

Labor groups opened posts in West Java KSPSI Council Secretariat in Bandung on Jl. Lodaya 40. Roye said, the posts were purposely opened due to concerns over a number of things.

Roy said he had asked the Department of Manpower and Transmigration of West Java to send circulars to all the companies in order to pay THR on time in the first week before the holiday in accordance with Ministerial Regulation No. 4/1994.
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Employers obligated to pay Id-ul-Fitr allowance: Apindo
Antara News, July 30, 2012

Bandung, West Java (ANTARA News) - West Java companies are obliged by law to pay the Id-ul-Fitr festivities allowance (THR), according to the chairman of the West Java chapter of the Indonesian Employers Association (APINDO), Deddy Widjaya.

"The employees and labourers deserve to get the THR and the companies in West Java have to pay it in line with the regulation," he stated here on Monday, adding that the THR should have been paid a week before the Id-ul-Fitr festivities.

Deddy said his association had already communicated with the provincial human resources office and the labour union to ensure that there would be no dispute later on account of allowance payments.

"In addition to receiving the allowance, the workers will also get holidays for seven or eight days during the festivities," he added

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