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.

166 companies in West Java are granted with Minimum Wage Waiver
Tempo, 20 Jan 2013

Governor Ahmad Heryawan issued a Governor Decree allowing postponement request for payment of minimum wages districts / cities (UMK) to 166 enterprises with a total of 140 562 workers. "They are all 11 decision letters," he told Tempo, Monday, January 20, 2014.

The postponement-time varies between six months to a year. More than 80 percent of the companies are the labor-intensive enterprises, such as garments, footwear, textiles and other textile products.

The initial amount of companies that request suspension are 208 enterprises in 12 counties and cities. However, five of whom draw the application. While 37 enterprise applications are rejected.

Read the full article here (Article is in Bahasa Indonesia)
Read the Google Translate English Version here

Jakarta Loss Due to Flood Reached Billion Rupiah
Berita Jakarta, 20 Jan 2014
Flood struck in Jakarta has not yet been subsiding since a week ago. The condition shut downed residents activities and economy life in the city. It is estimated that loss due to flood had already reached hundreds of billion in just a week.
“A number of business center in Jakarta almost totally deactivated due to inaccessible inundated roads such as Mangga Dua, Kelapa Gading, and Jatinegara,” said Sarman Simanjorang, Vice Head of Jakarta Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN), Sunday (1/19). He added that the industrial areas in Pulogadung also suffered 50 cm high-inundation. "Yet the inundation did not affect industrial operational activities of 300 factories," stated Simanjorang.
According to his opinion, the garment and textile industry production in Nusantara Bonded Zone (KBN) still run well. Yet, the flood happening in Jakarta still affected the traffic congestion and longer travel time in Tanjung Priok Port.
Read the full article here
Flood will paralyzed manufacturing sector, production cost increase by 3%
Bisnis Indonesia, 20 Jan 2013

The industry worries flood last week that hit almost all parts of Indonesia could cripple the performance of the manufacturing sector.

Jabodetabek industrial area at the center of the production and distribution of goods to be one of the vital areas are also affected flood. There is a direct flood waters submerged or affected merely because flooding closed access.

Chairman of the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) Sofjan Wanandi said floods cause problems ranging from upstream to downstream. Due to flooding, the industry is difficult to get raw materials because of logistics or transportation barriers.

Read the full article here (Article is in Bahasa Indonesia)
Read the Google Translate English Version here

YLKI: Socialization is minimum, SJSN are prone to conflict
Bisnis Indonesia, 16 Jan 2014
Implementation of National Health Insurance (JKN) which is the implementation of the National Social Security System (SJSN) in the health sector by the the Social Security Implementation Agency (BPJS) Health per January 1, 2014 assessed would be prone to conflict due to lack of socialization.

Chief Executive of the Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI), Tulus Abadi said the socialization of the program by the BPJS Health to the community is still very minimal thus the implementation on the ground will be prone to conflict.

"The government must undertake the massive socialization related to BPJS, so that more people know and understand it," he said, when contacted by Business, Wednesday (15/1/204)
12.745 Companies ignored Occupational Safety and Health
Bisnis Indonesia, 16 Jan 2014

A total of 12 745 registered companies violating safety and health norms (K3) in 2013, and as many as 12 657 companies have executed a memorandum norm K3 after their first and second warning, but there are 88 companies to stand trial for violating the norms.

"In the K3 control norms, the government put forward a step coaching for change, improvement and improvement execution. However, the government would not hesitate to commit firm sanction to the companies that remain in violation," said Muhaimin Iskandar when launched the implementation Occupational Health and Safety (K3) Month 2014 in Jakarta, Thursday (01/1/2014).

Read the full article here (article is in Bahasa Indonesia)
Read the Google Translate English Version here

Working, but still poor
Metro News, 16 Jan 2013

Research Institute of Science (LIPI) found that the quality of work in the majority of employment opportunities in Indonesia is still far from feasible.

This makes the population of Indonesia is still not able to work out of poverty or often called working poor.

Most of them are informal sector workers not only lack of social protection, but also a mediocre income.

LIPI research based on preliminary data analysis of poverty levels and average earnings of workers in February 2012. It turns out that 57.17% of formal workers still live below the poverty line, the majority of employees who work informal industry.

Read the full article here (Article is in Bahasa Indonesia)
Read the Google Translate English Version here

World Bank sees stronger growth as rich economies expand
Reuters, Jan 15, 2013

The World Bank on Tuesday raised its forecast for global growth for the first time in three years as advanced economies started to pick up pace, led by the United States.

The rosier outlook suggests the world economy is finally breaking free from a long and sluggish recovery after the global financial crisis.

The poverty-fighting institution predicted global gross domestic product will expand 3.2 percent this year, from 2.4 percent in 2013, according to its twice-yearly "Global Economic Prospects." In the bank's last forecast in June, it expected global growth to reach 3 percent in 2014.

Read the full article here

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

Better Work Indonesia is funded by the Australian, USA, Switzerland and Netherlands Government  through AusAID, SECO and Kingdom of the Netherlands



The content of this email is for general information purposes only.
The responsibility for the information and opinions expressed in this email, and any links, news articles, reports and publications attached to it rests solely with their authors and does not imply the expression of any opinion or endorsement whatsoever on the part of Better Work.  The inclusion of any links and the presentation of material do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of Better Work. 
Better Work makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, of the information or related graphics contained in this email.
Better Work takes no responsibility over the nature, content and availability of the external sites linked to this email.