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.

Jakarta Wage Council set Living Wage at IDR 2,229,869
Berita Jakarta, 27 Oct 2013
Jakarta Wage Council sets Living Needs (KHL) in 2014 amounted to Rp 2,299,860.33. 

Jakarta Wage Council members, Sarman Simanjorang said, KHL number 2014 meeting took place last weekend and was attended by three elements namely employers, wages councils, and unions. The meeting was tough and coloured with walked out action from element of the union. 

"Jakarta Wage Council agreed to set a decent living for the laborer is Rp 2,229,860.33," Sarman said in a press statement received by beritajakarta.com, Sunday (27/10). 

However, elements of the union rejected the figure. "Labour asked KHL numbers to be taken from the number projected in December 2014 amounted to 2.767 million. Elements employers and the government approved rate of KHL Rp 2,299,860 ," he said. Sarman asserts, the union proposal does not have a solid foundation.

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Labors to Gather in East Jakarta for Wage Raise
Tempo, 25 Oct 2013

Labors will gather in East Jakarta to prepare for demonstration scheduled on Monday, October 28. Around 3,000 to 5,000 labors are predicted to gather at Pulo Gadung, East Jakarta. "Many labor federations will join," Jakarta Labor Forum General Secretary Mohammad Toha told Tempo yesterday.

Toha said demonstration will continue until November 1. Demand is still the same, an increase in wage for 50 percent from the current minimum wage which is Rp2.2 million. He said the plan for the demonstration has yet to be finalized. "The point is we will go on a national strike," he said.

Regarding the labors in other areas such as in National Business Belt (KBN), Sunter, or near ports, Toha said, they have confirmed to join the demonstration. "But until now, they want to go on demonstration in their respective area," Toha said.

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Union not in once voice regarding national strike plan
Detik Finance, 25 Oct 2013

A total of 3.7 million workers under the Confederation of All Indonesian Workers Union (KSPSI) opt out from national strike that will take place October 30, 2013 until 1 November 2013. This is in contrast with the Indonesian Trade Union Confederation (KSPI) who chose a national strike. 

"There are two Great Confederations, they are Confederation of All Indonesian Workers Union (KSPSI) led by Andi Gani Nena Wea and the Confederation of Indonesian Prosperity Trade Union Mudofir that had decided not to take part in a national strike 30 October to 1 November 2013," said President KSPSI Andi Gani Nena Wea to detikFinance, Friday (25/10/2013). 

According to KSPSI they have 3.7 million members of multinational companies such as Freeport, Newmont and Maspion. Andi said they chose to fight for minimum wage increase (UMP) in 2014 through a dialogue with the provincial wage councils and district / city.

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Minister of Manpower and Transmigration claimed Government Regulation Proposal on BPJS as not problematic
Kompas, 22 Oct 2013

Minister of Manpower and Transmigration Muhaimin Iskandar claimed in substance, the seven draft implementing regulations (RPP) Act No.24/2011 on Social Security Agency (BPJS) is not problematic because it has been well prepared. 

Muhaimin said, now several meetings are being conducted across ministries and agencies to harmonize a number of articles related to the operation BPJS Labour which is the transformation of PT. Jamsostek. 

"The problem being discussed in recent meetings across ministries and agencies are just legal pandect alone, so in substance there is no problem anymore," Muhaimin said in a press conference in Jakarta, Tuesday (10/22/2013). 

He added that the seven draft implementing regulations (RPP) are the RPP on the Implementation of the Accident Insurance Programme, Old Age, Death Benefit and Retirement Security Program. 
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Indonesia investments stand tall despite market turbulence
Jakarta Globe, 23 Oct 2013

Investment in Indonesia rose at a smaller pace in the third quarter and is forecast to grow slowly in 2014 as a weaker global economy continues to damp investor sentiment.

Total foreign and domestic investment rose 23 percent in the July-September period year-on-year, after increasing 30 percent in the second quarter, according to data released by the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) on Wednesday.

BKPM chairman Mahendra Siregar anticipates growth will continue to be sluggish into 2014, with total investment predicted to rise by 15 percent.

“The pace of the global economic recovery has been disappointing,” Gundy Cahyadi, an economist at DBS Group in Singapore, said in a report distributed in Jakarta in response to the BKPM data. “Having seen the rupiah depreciated by more than 10 percent since May, some investors may choose to hold back for now. Those in for the long ride though would continue to tap into the country’s
long-term growth potential.”

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Industry Minister Projects 6.5% Year-end Growth
Tempo, 22 Oct 2013

Industry Minister Mohamad Soleman Hidayat estimated the growth of non-oil and gas industry at 6.0 to 6.5 percent by the end of 2013. The minister is certain that the non-oil and gas industry will post higher growth than the national economic growth, as the global crisis is over.

Another growth trigger, Hidayat said, is the actual value of foreign investment. He mentioned the operation of Posco's steel plant and Honam's petrochemical factory--both South Korean companies--at the end of the year.

In the first half of this year, the growth of non-oil and gas industry reached 6.58 percent, a year-on-year growth from 5.92 percent.

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BANGLADESH: New $24m package includes Better Work scheme
Just Style, 22 Oct 2013

The Better Work programme was today given the go-ahead to begin in Bangladesh, as part of a wider US$24.21m package aimed at improving working conditions in country's ready-made garment sector.

The three-and-a-half year initiative - 'Improving Working Conditions in the Ready-Made Garment Sector' (RMGP) - focuses on minimising the threat of fire and building collapse in ready-made garment factories and on ensuring the rights and safety of workers.

It is being overseen by the International Labour Organization (ILO), and will support the government-led National Tripartite Action Plan on Building and Fire Safety, which was one of several initiatives launched in response to a number of industrial accidents in the sector, including the Rana Plaza building collapse in April in which more than 1,100 workers died.

Better Work Indonesia

ILO Jakarta Office
Menara Thamrin Level 22
Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav. 3 | Jakarta 10250
Tel. +62 21 391 3112
Fax. +62 21 310 0766

E-mail: indonesia@betterwork.org

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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