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.

Dialogue to settle problems - Strengthen the Trade Union in company level is very important
Kompas, September 27, 2012

Jakarta, Kompas - The government needs to restructure the employment decentralization of authority to deal with an increasingly complex industrial relations. Elite unions and employers must establish transparent communication in bipartite forum to address the issue.

These are employment discussion red thread titled "Wage Labour: Welfare Versus politicization", in Jakarta, Wednesday (26/9). Chairman of the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) Anton J Supit and Chairman of the Central Executive Board of the National Workers Union (SPN) Baso Rukman Abdul Jihad as a speaker.

"Dialogue is our social capital. There is no injured party and the success rate is greater than the strike which is not according to the rules, "said Anton.

Volatile industrial relations climate returned after Labor Labor Council presidium Indonesia ready to strike on October 3, 2012. They demanded the government to remove the practice of outsourcing (outsourcing), freeing workers from the obligation to health insurance contributions, run health insurance for all citizens starting January 1, 2014, and rejected cheap wage.

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Workers need to have a strong bargaining position
Maklumat Independen, September 21, 2012 

Bandung, union / worker has been the aggrieved party with the policies of rulers who are less aligned. The lack of knowledge and understanding of the existing rules make workers / laborers to be difficult to achieve the welfare of her life. Forum textile Unions, Clothing and Leather Workers Union Indonesia (FSP.TSK - SPSI) West Java held an education and training for the caretaker of SPSI-A West Java with the theme "Through Education, Improving Struggle Against Welfare Workers" held at Hotel Alam Permai Jl . Setiabudi - Bandung from next September 20-23 (20/9).

According to the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Regional Confederation of All Indonesian Workers Union (SPSI K DPD) and Chairman of the Event Promoter, Roy Jinto Ferianto, SH said that the event aims to improve resource management and members and to provide an understanding of their rights and obligations. Roy explained, there will be 5 materials that will be covered in education and training, namely Social Security material, labor inspection by Manpower, Better Work by the International Labour Office (ILO), Settlement of industrial disputes by the central leadership and the proceedings in the court of industrial relations . There is also a simulated trial so that workers / laborers are not scared and getting used to if they faced trial.

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RI appears more lucrative to S. Korean investors
The Jakarta Post, September 24, 2012

Indonesia remains the country of choice in Southeast Asia for South Korean investments and businesses. Vast natural resources, an ample workforce and a growing domestic market are behind aggressive expansions.

Last year marked the highest investment realized by South Korea in Indonesia in the last six years, data from the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) shows.

The amount of investment reached US$1.22 billion in 2011, a 172.3 percent increase from 2006. A huge portion of the figure, 51.4 percent, was channeled to the electronics and base metal sectors.

During the first half of 2012, the amount of realized investment jumped 196.4 percent to $1 billion from a year before, the BKPM reported. South Korea is now the third-largest foreign investor after Singapore and Japan.

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Hospital for workers to be built in Cakung
The Jakarta Post,  September 25, 2012

JAKARTA: State insurance company for workers, PT Jamsostek, will build a hospital for workers in Cakung industrial estate, East Jakarta, kompas.com reported Monday.

The hospital, according to PT Kawasan Berikat Nusantara (KBN) president director Raharjo Arjosiswoyo, would begin operations next year under the joint management of state health insurance company PT Askes and state Pelni Hospital. “The hospital will be part of the social and public facilities in the bonded zone. It will also be a factor in attracting investors to Indonesia,” Raharjo said after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the State-Owned Enterprises Ministry on Monday.

Jamsostek president director Elvyn G. Masassya said that the hospital would only provide one service class and that doctors would only treat common illnesses. Patients with serious illness would be transferred to referral hospitals.

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Investment In Manufacturing Industry Soars 57%
Bisnis Indonesia, September 25, 2012

JAKARTA: The actual investment in 12 sectors of manufacturing industry soared 56.94% to IDR72.57 trillion in the first half of 2012 compared to IDR46.24 trillion in the same period last year.

The consolidated data from the Ministry of Industry and Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board shows that foreign investment in the first half of this year reached US$5.45 billion or equivalent to IDR51.77 trillion with exchange rate of IDR9,500 per US$.

Meanwhile, domestic investment reached IDR20.80 trillion from 12 manufacturing sectors.

In the same period last year, the foreign investment reached US$3.25 billion or IDR27.62 trillion (the exchange rate at that time was IDR8,500), while domestic investment recorded at IDR18.62 trillion.
Indonesia Economy Is Not Apparent, President Says
Newswire, September 25, 2012

NEW YORK: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Indonesia's economic performance is not apparent because it has strong fundamentals, making the domestic and foreign business players don’t need to worry to have a long-term investment in Indonesia.

"There's a question, how long will it last?, I believe Indonesia will be able (to maintain economic conditions)," he said when delivering a speech in the Indonesian Investment Day in New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), New York, on Monday (9/24) at 09:00 local time.

The President said there are at least four reasons why the Indonesian economy will be maintained and attract long-term investment.

"The first is the dispute on the national political system has been finished. Democratization has reached a point of no longer possible to be a turning point and political stability has been achieved," he said.

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Textile competitiveness needs to be raised
Kompas, September 24, 2012

AKARTA, KOMPAS - The decline in exports of textiles and textile products Indonesia by 6.1 percent in the first half of 2012 should be immediately addressed by improving the competitiveness of domestic industry. This step is necessary to deal with the similar industry from other countries.

"Other countries Vietnam, for example, can enjoy an increase in exports due to their high competitiveness," said the Executive Secretary of the Indonesian Textile Association Ernovian G Ismy when contacted Sunday (23/9).

Ernovian said, exports of textiles and textile products (TPT) in 2011 reached 13.4 billion U.S. dollars. Originally estimated in 2012, textile exports will grow at least 5 percent.

However, the performance of textile exports weakened due to various factors, ranging from the impact of the economic crisis in Europe to the increasingly fierce competition in the international market.

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