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.

BPJS ready to manage the pension fund
Antara News, 18 July 2014
Social Security Agency (BPJS) Employment preparing to manage a pension plan that will start July 1, 2015. 

"Although the service is for another year, BPJS Employment will ensure optimal readiness ahead of time, so the pension fund can give a maximum benefit for participants," said Head of the West Java Regional Office of BPJS Employment Iwan Kusnawan in Bandung , on Thursday. 

He said the pension plan would complement existing services i.e. Old Age, injuries and death services.

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Employ Expatriate, companies required to appoint an Indonesian employee as assistant
Sekretariat Kabinet, 25 July 2014
With consideration to implement the provisions of Article 49 of Law Number 13 Year 2003 concerning Manpower, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on 10 July 2014 signed a Presidential Regulation Number 72 Year 2014 on the Use of Foreign Workers and Implementation of the Education and Workforce Training Companion.

"Every Employer of expatriate must prioritize the use of Indonesian workers in all types of departments available. In the case referred to the position can not be occupied by Indonesian employee, the position can be occupied by expatriate, "the sound of Article 4 Paragraph (1.2) of the Decree.
Many workers yet to receive annual bonus
The Jakarta Post, July 25 2014

Days ahead of Idul Fitri, many factory workers have not received annual bonuses, locally known as tunjangan hari raya (THR).

The Manpower and Transmigration Ministry’s 1994 regulation on THR stipulates that workers who have worked continuously for three months or more with a company deserve a one-month salary bonus in observance of the religious holiday.

For Idul Fitri, the regulation requires employers to give the compulsary bonus at least one week before the holiday

US key market for Bali`s non-knitted garments
Antara News, July 30, 2014

Bali exported 22.20 percent of its non-knitted garments worth US$4.15 million to the United States in May, noted regional chief statistics service official Panasunan Siregar.

"The US consumers like the garments, which are uniquely designed and adorned with beads," he stated here on Wednesday.

He remarked that Australia meanwhile had imported 9.33 percent of the products.

The products were also exported to Singapore reaching 8.16 percent, Japan 7.48 percent, Thailand 0.36 percent, Germany 3.18 percent, Hong Kong 0.09 percent, France 8.08 percent, Spain 2.03 percent, Britain 13.57 percent, and the rest 25.52 percent were exported to other countries.

July inflation below one percent: Economist
Antara News, 30 July 2014
The Head of Bank Mandiri Economists, Destry Damayanti, has predicted that inflation rate in July will remain below one percent, with 0.75 percent (month-to-month) and the yearly inflation 4.6 percent (year-on-year).

Destry said inflation was annually impacted by price hike during fasting month Ramadhan and Eid Holidays, but it was well-controlled this year.

Market demands had also increased as a result of school year and presidential momentum in 2014.

"I believe the government has been successful enough in controlling price hike, especially food," Destry noted.
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Investment Realization Grows Beyond Expectation
Tempo, 24 July 2014 

Mahendra Siregar, head of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), said that the investment realization value in the first semester of 2014 had exceeded the initial target. Total investment value in the frst semester of 2014 was increased by 15.6 percent compared the same period last year.

"The investment realization so far is recorded at Rp 222.8 trillion [US$18.6 billion]. In the first semester of last year, the realization was Rp 192.8 trillion [US$16.1 billion]," Mahendra said at his office on Thursday, July 24, 2014.

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Regaining economic stride
The Jakarta Post, July 22 2014

The World Bank’s (WB) second quarter (Q2) report on the Indonesian economy, released on the eve of the General Elections Commission’s (KPU) announcement of the official results of the presidential election, again focuses on the challenges of economic management for the new government.

The report warns that Indonesia will never regain its economic stride of annual growth of more than 6 percent if it does not accelerate genuine economic reforms, largely stalled as policymakers focused on short-term survival. Complacency set in when the short-term measures worked, reducing the urgency surrounding structural reforms.


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, SECO and Kingdom of the Netherlands



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