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 Council Recommends 44% Minimum Wage Increase
The Jakarta Globe, Nov 15, 2012

The Jakarta Wage Council decided late on Wednesday night to recommend a massive 44 percent increase in next year’s minimum wage, much to the dismay of business representatives.   If approved, this would mean Jakarta workers should next year receive no less than Rp 2,216,243 ($230) per month.     
“The calculation of the 2013 minimum wage was based on the worker living standard, regional living standard, Indonesia’s projected economic growth in 2013, projected inflation rate and Reasonable Living Cost Index,” said Dedet Sukendar, the head of the Jakarta Wage Council and also the head of Jakarta’s Manpower and Transmigration Agency. 
“Thank God,” M. Toha, secretary general of Jakarta Worker Forum, said after the meeting. “Entering the Islamic New Year, we get the big prize — the minimum wage is higher by 44 percent.”   
But employers maintained their objection and refused to sign the decision, saying the government had conspired with the workers. Representatives from the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) and the Jakarta Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) walked out of the meeting.   
“Apindo and Kadin do not acknowledge the decision of the Wage Council shown by our walking out of the meeting,” said Bambang Adam, a representative from Apindo.    

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Governor decided 2013 Minimum Wage for Central Java 
Berita 21, Nov 12, 2012

Semarang, berita21.com - Central Java Governor Bibit Waluyo Monday (12/11) afternoon set the Minimum Wage of the Regency / City (UMK) of the province of Central Java in 2013. Determination of UMK are implemented after consultation meeting with the leaders of Parliament in the Gedung Berlian Semarang, Central Java. Decree of Governor of Central Java is stipulated in the Governor Decree No.: 561.4/58 in 2012 on the Minimum Wage in 35 districts / cities in Central Java Year 2013.
UMK Stipulation performed by ​​Bibit Waluyo is faster than the original plan dated 20 November 2013. "With this decision, the determination of UMK in Central Java is earlier than the targeted time. And this could be the first determination of UMK in Indonesia, "said Bibit, Monday (12/11).
Based on data collected by berita21.com on the amount of UMK from 35 districts / municipalities in Central Java, Semarang City recorded the highest UMK with as much as Rp. 1,209,100, -, while the lowest is West Cilacap UMK of Rp. 816 000, -.

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2013, Bekasi Minimum Wage IDR2,0002 million
Berita Satu, Nov 15, 2012

The amount of UMP Bekasi under review, pending approval of the Governor of West Java
Wage Council Bekasi, West Java, recommend to the Governor regarding the minimum wage in 2013 for local districts as  Rp2.002.000.
"This nominal has been agreed between the employer and the workers and the process was witnessed by the local government on Wednesday (14/11)," said Chairman of the All Indonesian Workers Union (SPSI) Bekasi, Abdullah, in Cikarang, today.
According to him, the amount of UMK is under review, pending approval of the Governor of West Java, Ahmad Heryawan.
"The amount of wages is intended for single workers," he said.

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Work Relationship: Government allows 2 models only
Bisnis Indonesia, Nov 5, 2012

JAKARTA: The government has finally decided to just two models of the employment relationship between employers and workers / laborers.
The government's decision comes from the discussions with unions / labor unions and employers, i.e., first, contracted jobs.  Second, the working relationship with the employment (outsourcing) using employment services company.
"God willing, the decision [2 models of employment] is final and will not change," said minister Muhaimin Iskandar, Thursday (11/15/2012).
In a time not too long from now, he added, the minister regulations concerning the employment relations system regarding outsourcing will be issued.

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Trade minister gloomy on exports, expects 5% decline
The Jakarta Post, Nov 8, 2012

Taking a contrary view to his deputy, Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan has said he is pessimistic about Indonesia’s exports being able to meet the government’s target of US$203 billion this year given the bleak outlook in global trade.
Gita estimated that with the slow recovery in the world economy, especially in Europe and the fall in commodity prices, Indonesia’s exports would likely fall by about 5 percent this year.
“I think we would be happy if the decline in exports is around 5 percent compared to last year’s figure,” the minister said in his speech during the Indonesia Investment Summit in Jakarta on Wednesday.
Such a gloomy forecast for Indonesia’s exports, Gita explained, was mainly caused by weakening global demand stemming from stalled economic recovery in the West

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RI’s disabled fight to remove political, rights barriers
The Jakarta Post, Nov 12, 2012

Indonesia is arguably one of the ASEAN countries with a good record in the implementation of political rights for its disabled citizens, as shown to some extent when it elected the late Abdurrahman Wahid, who was visually impaired, as president. The nation, however, still has a lot of homework to empower the disabled.
Chairman of the Indonesian Disabled Peoples Association (PPCI) Gufroni Sakaril said that, as disability was yet to be used as an indicator in the national population census, many disabled citizens had not been recorded as such in the census.
Thus, he emphasized the urgency to conduct a parallel struggle for the implementation of both civil and political rights for disabled people.
Gufroni said that although Law No. 4/1997 on disabled people had already been in existence for over a decade, its contents, which cover not only political rights, but also health and employment rights for people with disabilities, had never been legally enforced.

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Minister of Manpower and Transmigration ask union to educate and train workers
Antara News, Nov 15, 2012

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar said the union has a duty not only to fight for workers' rights, but also to improve the quality of skills of the workers.
Minister was speaking to the union leaders together while visiting the arena of Skills Competition execution of work as the ASEAN Skill Competition (ASC) IX here on Thursday.
"I expect KSPSI, KSBDI, KSBSI, KSPI, Sarbumusi, FSP NIBA, SPN, FSP GARTEKS present here and other unions not only make the normative rights struggle agenda. Improving the quality and skills of workers can actually become more capital struggle that is essential because the industry really need it, "said Iskandar.

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