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.

Finding Solutions For Textile Industry
Bisnis Indonesia, Jan 10, 2013

In 2012, the declining exports seemed to end the increasing trend. The total sale value of TPT fell by 2% to US$20.2 billion last year from US$20.6 billion in 2011, following the decline in exports value from US$13.2 billion to US$12.6 billion due to global economic crisis.

However, industrial players remain optimistic that the TPT exports will grow. Indonesian Textile Association (API), for example, is optimistic the TPT exports will increase by 6% to US$13.4 billion.

Such optimism grows based on the belief that the US economy will recover. The understanding between the Republican and Democrats concerning the country’s budget presents a good fundamental.

Up to now, the US and Europe are the main market for Indonesia’s TPT. Despite efforts to expand its market to other regions such as the Middle East or Africa, its potential is still limited since it has not supported by a strong purchasing power in those region.

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908 Companies Ask Delay Minimum Wage Policy
Bisnis Indonesia, Jan 11, 2013

AKARTA-The government will provide convenience for the 908 companies which requesting suspension on the provincial minimum wage increase in 2013. The policy is to avoid layoff.

Minister of Manpower and Transmigration Muhaimin Iskandar said the business climate in Indonesia must be maintained in order to be in favorable condition in which to prevent layoff.

The number of companies which are requesting suspension in the provincial minimum wage (UMP) to the Government is lower than data released by the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo). The association recorded 1,312 intensive firms which are in a near of bankruptcy as they are not able to adjust their employees salary.

"The Government requested that the governor granted this request to avoid layoffs," said the Minister of Manpower and Transmigration at the Coordinating Ministry for the Economic Affairs in Jakarta, Thursday (1/10).

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Regional minimum wages increase by 18.32 pct in 2013
Antara News, Jan 9, 2013

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The average increase of the Provincial Minimum Wages (UMP) in 2013 is set at about 18.32 percent, up from the average increase of the UMP by 10.27 percent in 2012, a minister said.

"Wage increase is one of the important aspects of improving the welfare of workers/labourers," Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar said here on Tuesday.

He said that the wage increase should however be accompanied with an increase in productivity so that companies would be able to develop and expand their businesses which would in turn create new jobs.

Data at the ministry of manpower and transmigration indicated that the UMP as a whole covered about 89.78 percent of the average national decent living costs (KHL) in the country`s 33 provinces in 2013.

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Get the data on Regional Minimum Wage (in Bahasa Indonesia) here


40 Industries in Tangerang Want Minimum Wage Raise Suspension
Tempo.co, Jan 8, 2013

A total of 40 companies in Tangerang have proposed a suspension of the 2013 minimum wage raise. The industries, from various sectors, claim they cannot afford to pay new minimum wages set at Rp2.2 million per month.

"Only 40 companies have filed for wage raise suspension; there may be more," Tangerang Regency's board of labor director Hery Heryanto told Tempo on Tuesday, January 8.

Hery said the companies that have filed for suspension include textile and footwear companies. He explained that the wage raise suspension was one of the measures being applied by companies that cannot afford to pay minimum wages.

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RI`s GDP to increase to 6.5 pct in 2013: economist
Antara News, Jan 9, 2013

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - An economist has predicted that Indonesia`s gross domestic product (GDP) this year will increase to 6.5 percent from 6.3 percent last year on strong household consumption and investment.

"The GDP growth is expected to accelerate to 6.5 percent in 2013 from 6.3 percent in 2012," Seto Wardono of PT Indo Premier Securities said here on Tuesday.

Household consumption and investment will continue to contribute to the GDP growth in 2013 besides exports, he said.

"Exports will recover albeit at an insignificant pace," he said.

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Textile producers expect recovery this year
Jakarta Post, Jan 9, 2013

Indonesian textile producers expect exports to increase again this year, albeit at a modest rate, on the back of an expected increase in orders from several buyers including the United States and Japan, after the industry suffered a 5 percent decline in 2012, an industry group said.

In contrast to the recovery in exports, the country’s textile producers project lower sales in the domestic market due to an influx of imported products, Indonesian Textile Association (API) chairman Ade Sudrajat said in Jakarta on Monday.

The association estimated exports of textiles and related products would increase by 6 percent to US$13.4 billion this year in part due to the expected increase in exports from the US, Indonesia’s biggest textile market.

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Surakarta to boost equality for the disabled
Jakarta Post, Jan 7, 2013

SURAKARTA: The Surakarta administration has pledged to optimize the implementation of Bylaw No 2/2008 on the equality of people with different abilities — or difable as they are more popularly called — as part of making the municipality an inclusive city.

The bylaw, among other things, stipulates that all companies and offices in the region are obliged to recruit one difable individual for every 100 employees they employ. They are also required to provide easy access for this particular group of society both physically and in terms of service.

“But the implementation up to the end of 2012 was not yet optimal,” Mayor FX Hadi Rudyatmo — or Rudy as he is commonly called – said in Surakarta, Central Java, on Friday.

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Better Work Indonesia

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



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