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.

Indonesian Workers Demand an End to Outsourcing
Jakarta Globe, October 4, 2012

Around two million workers took to the streets across Indonesia on Wednesday, demanding that the outsourcing employment system be abolished and for companies to guarantee that all workers receive benefits. Questions, though, linger over the fate of the current 16 million outsourced workers.

“The source of all these strikes and demonstrations is the labor law and the government’s inability to monitor and implement the law,” said Sofjan Wanandi, chairman of the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo). “Outsourcing is allowed and regulated by law, but there have been many violations in its implementation.” The rejection of the outsourcing system in Indonesia, he said, stemmed from obscure regulations, particularly in labor law, that prompt both employers and employees to interpret the law based on their respective interests.

Under the 2003 labor law, companies are not allowed to outsource core jobs and can only outsource five types of peripheral work, namely cleaning services, security, driving, catering and work relating to support mining. However, Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar admitted that many companies outsourced most of the workers, including for their core business.

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Strike ends Safely, Chief of Police Thank the workers
Media Indonesia, October 3, 2012 

JAKARTA - MICOM: Unions strike in Jakarta and surrounding areas have occured in orderly and safe manner. Metro Jaya Police Chief Inspector Untung S Rajab appreciate the attitude of the workers stating that they indeed keep their promises

"Police chief thank all the workers who carried out protests in a peaceful and secure manner," said Head of Public Relations Jakarta Police Commissioner Rikwanto, Wednesday (3/10).

He said, the action that was held in several regions simultaneously and did not have problems. Even the planned demonstrations of 10 thousand workers in front of the State Palace's, the People Representative office and the National Monument was not proven.

Rikwanto claimed there were two minor incidents when the action takes place. The issue was successfully resolved without violence.

So far, he explained, there is no information about the planned follow-up demo. Labor strikes and demands will be followed up by Minister of Labour and Minister of Economy. Thus the public are welcome to perform their daily activities as usual.

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Outsourcing System: Phasing out from the core job
Bisnis Indonesia, October 3, 2012

JAKARTA: Minister of Manpower and Transmigration has asked the head of the region
curb outsourcing system for the type of work that is not core or in accordance with the Employment Act.
According to Muhaimin Iskandar, stopping the outsourcing system for the core work will be done gradually, and eventually the pattern of outsourcing should only be valid for the type of additional work.

"The governor and the regents are expected to begin to curb the outsourcing company
employing this type of core work from today, "he said in Jakarta, Wednesday (03/10/2012).

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Workers Wage increment will depend on last the final survey
Kompas, October 3, 2012

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Local Manpower and Transmigration of DKI Jakarta still not determine the minimum wage for workers in Jakarta. Wages can only be determined after the final survey which will be carried out in November 2012.

"Discussed Wages of 2011 has already surveyed as many as 8 times. The current wage of Rp 1,529,140, ​​after conducting the survey will rise to Rp. 1,844,000," said the Secretary of the Wage Council of Manpower and Transmigration of DKI Jakarta, Dwi Untoro Wednesday (03/10/2012) in Jakarta.

Dwi added that those wages are not final because the last survey will be done next month. The survey was not conducted by Manpower, but instead it will be done by employer, unions, and government .
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Textile Industry: Anti-Dumping Policy to China Apparel Products
Bisnis Indonesia, October 2, 2012

JAKARTA: The government is considering implementing safeguard for apparel imports from China to protect the textile and textile products (TPT) industry nationwide are increasingly face pressure.

Build Ramon, Director of Textile and Miscellaneous Industries in the Ministry of Industry office, acknowledged the decline in exports of textile products and footwear are still continued until August, though it was not as severe as in previous months.

These conditions can not be avoided by the industry amid falling global demand due to the European and the United States crisis.
"The decline in textile exports today [August] around 2%, while the months before it can be 6%. So [the trend is] rather sloping," he told Business, Tuesday (02/10/2012).

In addition to weakening exports, said Ramon, the textile industry in the country is also increasingly difficult to compete with similar products from China.
"So, we want to use some sort of anti-dumping, especially for the apparel from China. We are urrently discussing with the Association, about the possibility of the imposition of safeguard, "he said.

National Decent Work Program for Indonesia 
Tempo, September 30, 2012

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - International Labour Organization (ILO) re-publish the National Decent Work Programme for Indonesia 2012-2015 book. It reaffirms the priority areas for job creation, industrial relations and social protection, reflecting the socio-economic context of Indonesia, national priorities and the priorities of the ILO constituents.

Over the last 15 years, Indonesia has undergone major economic and political transformation that leads to a rights-based system which is more robust and democratic with the support of the labor market, labor law and social security reform that has changed the landscape of decent work. Indonesia has adopted a number of laws related to major employment and social security, as well as the ratification of the eight fundamental ILO conventions.

With the G-20 economies are growing more than six percent per year and per capita income of USD 4,000, Indonesia has been a middle-income, with the strengthening of the role and responsibility to advocate economic and employment issues.

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BPJS Health: Formulation of rules has not been settled 
Bisnis Indonesia, October 3, 2012

JAKARTA: The government continue to formulate the regulation  of Social Security Agency (BPJS) Kesehatan which expected to be fully implemented in 2014.
Presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha said the government wanted to make sure the rules are designed to be able to be implemented.

"Health BPJS overdues in January 1, 2015. BPJS Employment will be on June 1, 2015, therefore, now the draft of regulation is being produced so that it can actually be implemented," said Julian in reply of the reporters' question at the Bina Graha Wednesday (3/10 / 2012).

Julian said the mandate of the Law no. 24/2011 on State Social Security and Law No. 40/2011 on National Social Security System should be implemented.

In drafting the regulations, Julian said the government also involving trade unions and employers. "So it can be agreed  when it will be implemented," said Julian

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