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.

14 Companies (in Jakarta) got permit for postponement of 2014 minimum wage implementation 
Liputan 6, Jan 28, 2014

Wage Council meeting which took place on Friday (01/24/2014) established 14 companies are given with licenses requested the suspension of payment of the provincial minimum wage (UMP) in 2014.

"After a visit by the Wage Board to 16 companies to conduct verification and dialogue with management and unions that exist in each company- by considering the data and the fact, there are 14 companies should be permitted a deferral," said Jakarta Wage Council Member Sarman SImanjorang, in a written statement on Tuesday (01/28/2014).
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88 Companies in Banten postpone the implementation of 2014 Minimum Wage
Tempo, 30 Jan 2014

A total of 88 companies in Banten certainly would not pay the wages of their workers based on the UMK 2014 that has been set. The reason was because the suspension filed dozens of companies had been received. "So there are 88 companies that received their UMK suspension," said Chairman of the Indonesian Employers Association Banten, Dedi Djunaidi when met on the sidelines of Elections of Chairman Apindo Modernland Banten, Tangerang, Wednesday, January 29, 2014.

Dedi said after the UMK 2014 passed, as many as 101 of the 600 companies belonging to the Apindo Banten filed for postponement of 2014 UMK payments to Banten Provincial Government, because the condition of companies are not possible to pay wages since the rise is sufficiently large. "But 13 was rejected because the company does not qualify (for postponement,)" he said. 
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City introduces building permit online system
Jakarta Post, Jan 30, 2014

The Jakarta Construction Supervision and Regulation Agency (P2B) has introduced an online system application procedure, enabling residents and developers to apply for building permits from their laptops.

Agency head I Putu Ngurah Indiana told a press conference on Thursday that the online system had taken effect as of Saturday.

“As of February, those wishing to apply for building permits won’t have to leave their homes to agency offices." Putu said at his office in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, adding that the new system would officially be launched by Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo next week.

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Minister of Manpower and Transmigration request to speed up the Postponement of Minimum Wage Implementation.
Kedaulatan Rakyat, 1 Feb 2014
Minister of Manpower and Transmigration Muhaimin Iskandar urged the governor and the local Department of Labor to speed up the process of fixing the suspension of the implementation of the minimum wage in 2014 to provide legal certainty for employers and workers to pay the minimum wage. 

"We ask that the suspension of the minimum wage in 2014 can be accelerated. Currently most of the existing decision is rejected or approved, but the rest are still in the process of defining and Governor SK signatory and local Manpower Office, "said Muhaimin Iskandar in Jakarta, Saturday (01/02/2014).

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Increase in electric tariff to affect economic growth: Kurtubi
Antara News, January 29 2014
Energy expert Dr M. Kurtubi said an increase in electricity tariff planned by the government would have an adverse effect on the countrys economic

The increase to start in May for a number of categories of consumers would cause inflation to soar, increase the number of poor people, and unemployment, Kurtubi said here. 

The plan has been approved by the House of Representatives to increase the electricity tariff for big residential houses, industries, commercial buildings, hotels, office buildings and apartment buildings as well as government office buildings. 
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Jakarta Looks At 1001 Ways To Prevent Flooding
Antara News, January 30 2014

Indonesias capital city, Jakarta, with a population of around 10 million, has suffered the brunt of annual flooding for the past several years, and the condition only tends to get worse with each passing year.

In the current peak rainy season, which started in early January 2014, the floods in Jakarta have claimed 23 lives, displaced tens of thousands, and caused losses amounting to around one trillion rupiah.

Taking stock of the current grim situation, officials, experts, and NGO activists have come out with various ideas on how to prevent floods in the future. 
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Muhaimin: Labour Stability will guarantee investment
Antara, Jan 22, 2014

Minister of Manpower and Transmigration (minister) Muhaimin Iskandar called the national stability of employment must be maintained to ensure continuity of investment in Indonesia is to realize a harmonious industrial relations, dynamic and equitable.

"In the end the harmonious industrial relations between the government, employers and workers can encourage the economic growth through business development and investment," said Muhaimin at the National Seminar on Indonesia Investor Forum 3 "Government, Investor and Public Welfare Together" at JCC Senayan Jakarta, Wednesday .

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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, USA, Switzerland and Netherlands Government  through AusAID, SECO and Kingdom of the Netherlands



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