JAKARTA (ILO News) -- The International Labour Organization (ILO) today welcomed the signing of the Indonesian Jobs Pact (IJP) designed to bring the benefits of economic growth to every citizen through the creation of decent and productive employment, making the Indonesian economy regionally competitive, while supporting the national policy goals.
The signing of the Pact at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta was witnessed by the President of Republic of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Indonesia was among the first pilot countries to set in motion a national process of dialogue and adaptation of the Global Jobs Pact after its adoption by the International Labour Conference in 2009, a process culminating in the signing of the national Jobs Pact.
The ILO’s Global Jobs Pact proposes a balanced and realistic set of policy measures that countries can adopt to strengthen their ongoing efforts to address the crisis while pursuing economic, social, and environmental sustainability.
Recognizing its relevance to their own national issues, the Indonesia’s tripartite representatives - the Government, workers and employers - formally decided to adapt the Global Jobs Pact to help address the social and employment impact of the crisis on the Indonesian workers and enterprises.
The signatories pledged to work together to make economic growth more job-rich, to enhance competitiveness of the economy, improve industrial relations and protect vulnerable workers.
Sachiko Yamamoto, ILO Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, said the IJP has ushered in a new era of tripartite collaboration for policymaking and implementation in Indonesia, adding that “the ILO congratulates the Indonesian tripartite constituents on the strong commitment they have shown to developing the Indonesian Jobs Pact. A great deal of time and effort has been devoted to developing and finalizing the Pact. It is an excellent example of successful social dialogue based on mutual trust and genuine commitment. It is a solid step towards a better future for the people in Indonesia”.
The IJP was developed with ILO support, through a series of reviews and consultations among the tripartite partners. A tripartite Steering Committee with support from the Office of the Vice-President was also established, to provide strategic oversight for the process of creating the IJP.
The Global Jobs Pact has received strong international backing, including from the G20 heads of state, UN General Assembly, UNDP Board, ASEAN, and numerous other international and regional bodies. Indonesia is a member of the G20.
The IJP represents the priorities of Indonesia’s Government, workers and employers and expresses their tripartite commitment to act together in order to make economic growth more job-rich, enhance the competitiveness of the economy, improve industrial relations and protect vulnerable workers. It will also serve as a foundation for tripartite action between 2011 and 2014, highlighting four priority areas that are based on the National Medium Term Development Plan and the priorities of the social partners. These are employment creation; strengthening industrial relations; enhancing the quality and coverage of social protection; and improving labour productivity.
The IJP focuses the tripartite actors’ attention and efforts on the inclusiveness of economic growth, the environment and the development of human capital. The agreement’s implementation model particularly encourages local level initiatives.
Peter van Rooij, ILO Country Director in Indonesia, said the IJP marked the onset of a new epoch of fruitful and deepening collaboration between the Indonesian tripartite constituents and the ILO. “The IJP will pave the way for Indonesia’s next Decent Work Country Programme covering the country’s development to 2015,” he said.
The IJP includes seven sections: Background; The nature of the Pact; Objectives; Basic principles; Recommended action plan; Implementation, monitoring and evaluation; and Tripartite declaration.
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