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.

Lack of skilled labour in textile factories
Bisnis Indonesia, 24 Apr 2012

The growing number of textile mills in recent years has not been met with an adequate supply of local skilled labour.
Senior Advisor Ministry of Industry, Sakri Widhianto, estimates that textiles and textile products (TPT) requires about 100,000 workers each year, 1,000 of whom are from the skilled workforce, which includes machine operators, maintenance staff for equipment and machinery, supervisors, quality control and marketing personnel.

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Globalisation weakens local workforce
Antara News, 24 Apr 2012 

Globalisation negatively impacts the local labour force as investors can easily shift production sites to other countries, said project Chief Technical Advisor of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Better Work Indonesia, Simon Field.

Global competitiveness among the countries can suppress wage growth in the local economy.  This was conveyed by Simon Field in the seminar  "Opportunities and Challenges of the Labour Movement Indonesia post-reform era" at the House of LIPI Jakarta on Tuesday.

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Foreign direct investment hits record high
The Jakarta Post, 24 Apr 2012 

Realized foreign investment (FDI) in Indonesia reached its highest-ever level for a first quarter, Rp 51.5 trillion (US$5.7 billion), up 30 percent over the same period in 2011, according to an official.

Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) chairman Gita Wirjawan said on Monday that the realized FDI, which he said would create 250,000 new jobs, defied the drops typically seen in the first quarter.

The BKPM, which records and administers investment outside the oil and gas and financial sectors, was confident Indonesia would reach an investment target of Rp 283.5 trillion by the end of the year, or a 13 percent increase over 2011, according to Gita. 

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Indonesian labor movement not yet influential: LIPI 
The Jakarta Post, 20 Apr 2012

The labour movement in Indonesia has not yet become an influential power in the country`s political arena, even though a law has been made to ensure its freedom, according to LIPI.

"Law Number 2 of 2000 on worker/labour associations should have made workers strong, but internal conflicts among unions have so far weakened them," Lukman Hakim, chief of LIPI, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, said here on Tuesday. 

At a seminar on "Opportunities and Challenges of Labour Movements in Indonesia after Reform", in LIPI Building, Lukman said that because of internal conflicts, the labour movements` achievements after the reform were not as spectacular as the freedom they gained. 

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Joblessness still a serious problem: Minister 
The Jakarta Post, 26 Apr 2012

The unemployment rate in Indonesia remains high and continues to pose a serious problem to the country as it causes instability to the nation’s economy, politics and security, Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar has said.

Speaking at a job fair and unemployment-eradication event held at the Panca Budi University in Medan, North Sumatra, over the weekend, Muhaimin said there had been a decrease of 6.6 percent in the country’s unemployment rate for the last two years. Yet, the unemployment figure remained high at 7.7 million. 

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API launches new website
Better Work Indonesia, 27 Apr 2012

The Indonesian Textile Association (API) has recently launched their new website. Click here to view the website.

API was established in Jakarta by a number of textile entrepreneurs on June 17th 1974. API is a textile organization covering the whole textile industry sector.  API focuses on serving the needs and interests of members and other textile stakeholders. The activities cooperate with all stakeholders, including the government, textile employers, textile machinery, designers associations, universities and academia, press, experts on textiles, and others with a view to develop the textile industry and trade in Indonesia.
Compliance and Survival: Improved Working Conditions linked to Increases in Competitiveness in Cambodia 
AmCham Indonesia, Apr 2012

There is little, if any, link between improvements in working conditions and factory shutdowns, a recent study by a research team led by Tufts University has concluded. In fact, the study found significant evidence to suggest that improvements may actually reduce the possibility of factory closure. The study “Working Conditions and Factory Survival: Evidence from Better Factories Cambodia”, released in December 2011, examined apparel exporting factories in Cambodia using the “Better Factories Cambodia” factory-level data. 

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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 government through AusAID


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