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.

Task force set up to monitor JKN program
Jakarta Post, Jan 11, 2014

Five medical profession associations and the Social Security Management Agency (BPJS) for the health sector have set up a task force to monitor the newly-launched national health insurance (JKN) program.

The five organizations, the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI), the Indonesian Dentists Association (PDGI), the Indonesian National Nurses Association (PPNI), the Indonesian Pharmacists Association (IAI) and the Indonesian Midwives Association (IBI), said that the monitoring of the JKN was crucial as the healthcare program would affect a significant portion of the country’s population.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono officially launched the national health insurance (JKN) program managed under the BPJS for the health sector at the Bogor Palace, on Tuesday.

As a first step, the JKN program will be delivered to 121 million people, or 48 percent of the population. This comprises 86.4 million beneficiaries of the government-funded community health insurance program (Jamkesmas); 11 million beneficiaries of locally funded health insurance program (Jamkesda); 16 million Askes holders; 7 million Jamsostek holders and 1.2 million members of Asabri, an insurance program for TNI/Polri personnel.

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High Minimum Wage, Industry start leaving West Java, Jan 13, 2014

Industry began to relocate due to the high minimum wage Regency / City (UMK) in West Java. Relocation is done in stages.

"Already quite many which relocate by way of expansion," said Chairman of Apindo Jabar, Deddy Widjaya told reporters at Bank Indonesia Regional Office VI, Monday (01/06/2014).

He further said, the relocation is done to the areas of Central Java such as Solo and Semarang. The number of companies that relocating to the area about 30 companies.
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Industrial Areas that are prone to "cripple" due to flood
Liputan, Jan 13, 2014

Not only residents, industrial areas are also affected by widespread flooding in Jakarta and surrounding areas. The area may be flooded or affected by flooding that closing the access to that area

Deputy Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) Jakarta Sarman Simanjorang said, there are two industrial areas that are prone to not operating in the Jakarta area with reference to previous experience.

"The industrial areas including Pulogadung and Nusantara Bonded Zone," he said while talking to, Monday (01/13/2014).

Sarman said, from the previous year's experience, the two industrial zones have different conditions.

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101 Companies in Bekasi proposes Minimum Wage Postponement
Tribun News, Jan 12, 2014
A total of 25 companies in Bekasi, West Java, has filed a suspension of city minimum wage (UMK) 2014. Filing still awaiting approval of the Governor of West Java, Ahmad Heryawan.

Chairman of the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) Bekasi, Narmiadi Purnomo said that dozens of companies that filed the 2014 UMK suspension are engaged in garment, food and beverage, hospitals and health clinics.

"There are two companies that will be closed if the waiver request was not approved. Both garment companies with a workforce of 1,000 people over," said Purnomo Narmiadi, Sunday (12/01/2014).

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16 Companies in DKI is in process of Minimum Wage Postponement
Sindo News, Jan 7, 2014

Jakarta Wage Council decided, from 50 companies, only 16 companies that are able to continue the filing process of suspension Provincial Minimum Wage (UMP) hike.

It is said by the Vice Chairman of Kadin Jakarta who are also a member of Jakarta Wage Council, Sarman Simanjorang in his press release to Sindonews, Tuesday (01/07/2014).

"From the results of the wage board hearing after checking the file sent, it was decided that only 16 companies that meet the requirements for further processing whether feasible to be given the suspension permission," said Sarman.

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New health insurance program confuses people
Jakarta Post, Jan 10, 2014

People in Central Java say they have no idea about the mechanism of the new national health insurance (JKN) program, managed by the Social Security Management Agency (BPJS), or the application procedure to obtain coverage.

Rizki Akbar, from Ungaran in Semarang regency, said he had been forced to go to the Dr. Kariadi Hospital in the provincial capital city of Semarang because officials at his subdistrict administration could not explain the details of the new program, which came into force on Jan. 1, 2014.

“I know nothing about it,” Riski said while visiting the hospital on Thursday to seek information about the BPJS health program.

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Here are the 3 obstacles of textile and textile products Industry in 2014
Sindo News, Jan 7, 2014
Indonesian Textile Association (API) estimates the number of exports of textile and clothing products (TPT) in 2014 amounted to USD13, 3 billion.

Destination countries of textile export still remain, namely the United States (U.S.) and European Union countries. Other Destination countries are Japan, the Middle East, and other ASEAN countries.

Chairman of API, Ade Sudrajat said target in 2014 is equal to the realization of textile exports in 2013. According to him, the textile industry will grow stagnant this year because of the pressures that come from within the country.

"There are at least three pressures which hinder the development of the textile industry this year." said Ade to the Koran Sindo, Tuesday (01/07/2014).

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