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.

Constitutional Court Cancelled Regulation on Severance Payment Expiry Date
Kompas, Sep 20,2013
Constitutional Court cancel the Article no. 96 of Labour Law which regulate the expiry date of law suit regarding payment of workers wages to two years when they are laid off. This article is deemed in contrary with constitution
"Wage are worker's right which have to be protected as long as the workers had not done anything that causing loss to employer. Thus, wages and all other payment that arise from working relationship cannot be erased because of expiry date," stated Constitutional Judge Harjono when he is reading the consideration of verdict on Labour Law, Thursday (19/9/2013)
Constitutional Court grant the request of Marthen Boiliu, ex security of PT. Sandhy Putra Makmur, whom being laid off (PHK) since July 2, 2009. Marthen had worked there since May 15, 2013 

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West Java Court Cancelled Governor Decision Letter on Minimum Wage Waiver
Detik.com, Sep 26, 2013
Thousand of workers that attend West Java Administrative Court since morning cheering in joy when judge team granted part of the law suit to West Java Governor, Ahmad Heryawan, regarding Minimum Wage Waiver. Judge team given verdict of cancelling the minimum wage waiver for 209 companies. Which means that only 48 companies allowed to have postponement for payment of Minimum Wage 2013
As the name of the companies are mentioned by Judge team, the workers are hugging each other. They also cheering as the judges mengetok palu sidang.
Head of Judge team Lulik Tricahyaningrum read the verdict in Chamber 1 Administrative Court, West Java, Diponegoro street, Thursday (26/9/2013).  In the description of deliberations, the judges assessed 209 companies which waiver has been canceled his because it does not qualify. One of the reason is because the proposal is legally flawed. 

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Workers demand wage of Rp 2.1 million per month
Jakarta Post, September 26 2013
Hundreds of workers from Central Java staged a rally on Wednesday, in front of the governor’s office in Semarang, demanding monthly wages of Rp 2.1 million (US$187) in 2014.
The rally was held in response to the figure of Rp 1.92 million per month proposed by the Semarang Municipal Wage Council.
Rally coordinator M. Buhron said the council’s proposal that wages be set at less than Rp 2 million per month violated the mandate that the workers had given the council.
“The proposed wage would not offer adequate living standards. We ask Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo to side with the workers and reject the proposed minimum wage,” Buhron said on the sidelines of the rally on Wednesday. 
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Textile Factories Relocation Hampered
Bisnis.com, Sep 25, 2013
Plans for the relocation and development of the textile industry and textile products (TPT) from Greater Jakarta to Central Java might be cancelled following the alleged lack of available power supply in the province.
Chairman of the Indonesian Textile Association (API) Ade Sudrajat Usman urged PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara Central Java to provide immediate support for the certainty of electricity supply for production.
This is because the PLN Central Java recorded that electricity demands for the industry increases 8% -10% per year, while the availability of supply has stagnated since 2009. Currently, Java subsystem peak load reached 3,123 MW per month, even briefly exceeded 3,300 MW in the last Eid. 

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Indonesian IndustriALL Council Creates Women's Committee
IndustryALL, Sep 24, 2013
On 22 September 2013 the IndustriALL Council created a women's committee in Jakarta. The women took the opportunity to plan their activity on 7 October where they intend to go to the Ministry of Manpower with a delegation of 100 women to demand decent work and to demand that more attention be paid to women's issues.
Precarious work continues to be the main challenge to unions in Indonesia. One of the most crucial issues with that is maternity protection, because as a rule precarious workers have no maternity protection, maternity leave or maternity pay. Women cannot get married and keep their job if they are contract workers, and if they get pregnant, their contract is cancelled.
The committee meeting was preceded by women only basic training in the project funded by FNV and LO/TCO. At the training the women understood why it is important to join a union, and they learned about the basic concepts of health and safety and collective bargaining. The tools they got were body mapping and reading the balance sheet. HIV/AIDS was another issue that they explored. 
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Economy to slow down in Q3: Finance Ministry
Antara News, Sep 24, 2013
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia`s economy is expected to grow by less than 5.8 percent during the third quarter, owing to weak consumption as a result of the rupiah`s depreciation and high inflation, a Finance Ministry official said.
"We have seen the tendency and it will be a little below 5.8 percent, but hopefully during the fourth quarter it will recover to meet the target of 5.9 percent set for the end of the year," Bambang Brodjonegoro, the acting head of fiscal policy, revealed.
He added that an increase in budget spending during the fourth quarter, coupled with a predictably improving global economy during the same period was expected to boost economic growth until the end of the year. 
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UN holds 1st high-level meeting on the disabled
ABC News, Sep 23, 2013
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened a historic U.N. meeting of world leaders Monday "to break barriers and open doors" for the more than 1 billion disabled people around the world.
The goal of the first-ever high-level General Assembly meeting was to spur international action to ensure that the disabled can contribute to the global economy.
"Far too many people with disabilities live in poverty (and) too many suffer from social exclusion" and are denied access to education, health care and social and legal support, Ban said.
Monday's meeting is the prelude to the annual U.N. gathering of presidents, prime ministers and monarchs, which starts Tuesday.
The World Health Organization said a huge increase in hearing aids, glasses and wheelchairs could improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people. But the disabled have other hurdles to overcome, including discrimination and stigma. 

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



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