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.

Government continues to discuss the Government Regulation Draft (RPP) on Wages  
Berita Satu, 19 June 2014

The government is still reviewing the Draft Regulation (RPP) on Wages. The Government will review and discuss the RPP  in the wage councils forum in which there is trade union and labor unions.

Stated by the Director of the Wage and Social Security, the Director General of Industrial Relations (PHI) and Social Security (Jamsos), Wahyu Widodo, as he told reporters at his office on Thursday (19/6).

Formerly,  Secretary General Organization of Indonesian Workers Union (Option), Timboel Siregar, said that Trade Union (SP) and the Trade Unions (SB) deeply regrets the government's desire to impose a fixed unilaterally approved Wage RPP. The provisions of the minimum wage increase that is planned to be done every two years (according to the new RPP) will destroy the purchasing power of workers and their families resulting in difficulty for labor to become prosperous.
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What Do Factory Workers in Asia Want?
Huffington Post, 6 June 2014

What do factory workers want? They sew our clothes and assemble our mobile phones -- things we use every day -- but they remain a mystery to us. Most are working thousands of miles away behind secure company gates.

But it turns out to be not as complicated as we thought. Hint: They want the same things every worker wants, including you.

In the last two years, through our mobile-enabled Labor Link platform, we've surveyed tens of thousands of factory workers manufacturing apparel and electronics in Asia. This is what they tell us they want

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Indonesian garment industry receives human rights trial
Clean Clothes Campaign, 20 June 2014

Tomorrow marks the start of the fourth People’s Tribunal, a human rights trial held by garment workers’ unions and human rights groups to hear evidence of systematic human rights abuses in the Indonesian garment industry. The People’s Tribunal in Indonesia is the fourth of its kind to be held in Asia, the former being held in Sri Lanka, Cambodia and India.

Supplier factory owners, government and industry representatives, multinational brands and over 140 factory workers will give evidence in front of a panel of judges from several continents on the topic poverty pay and poor working conditions.

"A living wage is the cornerstone of decent working conditions,” says Emelia Yanti from the Asia Floor Wage Alliance. “Paying a living wage has a positive effect on the reduction of overtime and malnutrition."

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Six types of industries to play key role in future
Antara News, 15 June 2014

Six types of non-oil/non-gas industries will become key industries to make Indonesia a strong industrialized nation in the future, Secretary General of the Industry Ministry Anshari Bukhari said.

"There are six (types) of industries which are important to support the vision and mission of national industrial development," he said at the forum group discussion on the master plan of national industrial development here on Saturday.

The six groups of industries are food industry, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and footwear industry, textile, footwear and multifarious industry. Transportation means industry, electronic and telematic industry, and power generation industry make up the six, he said.
Indonesia calls for ILO countries to stop forced labor
Antara News, June 10, 2014

Indonesia has called members of the International Labor Organization (ILO) to be committed to stopping any form of forced labor in the modern era.

Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar made the call when addressing the International Labor Conference (ILC) held in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday. 

"It is also important for all parties to address the issues of migrant workers and human trafficking. We also called for the creation of equal rights and obligations of countries sending and receiving migrant workers to ensure a fair movement of workers," he said.
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Japanese investor expects more conducive investment after presidential election
Antara News, June 19, 2014

Kao Corporation, one of the Japanese investors in Indonesia, is expecting a more conducive investment climate in Indonesia after the presidential election on July 9.

"At the moment, Kao is observing the situation, and we do hope the presidential election will run smoothly. Hence, after the election, the investment climate might become more conducive," announced PT Kao Indonesia's Vice President and Director Sales Division Jimmy Agus Liono at the Karawang International Industry Center (KIIC) in West Java on Thursday.

Jimmy added that the more stable the political condition in Indonesia is, the more business sectors will grow, as the investors will continue their investment or even increase quantity.
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Indonesian Clothing Firms Cash In on Football Mania
Jakarta Globe, 15 June 2014

Football fever will outshine electoral excitement as a fillip to apparel sales, the Indonesia Textile Association chairman predicted over the weekend.

Ade Sudrajad said the association estimated supporter outfits for the 2014 World Cup would add 15 percent to Indonesia’s clothing exports, bringing to $3.5 billion sales over the first six months of this year. Those $525 million worth of jerseys and jackets would boost overall textile product exports to $13.5 billion, he said.

Sales have also been driven by the demand for T-shirts and other campaign clothing for legislative and presidential elections, Ade said. However since that demand is confined to the local market, Ade said domestic sales were estimated to rise by a little less, to $7.5 billion this year from $7 billion last year.

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Better Work Indonesia

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Better Work Indonesia is funded by the Australian, USA, Switzerland and Netherlands Government  through AusAID, SECO and Kingdom of the Netherlands



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