The joint commitment was signed by the Indonesian Employers’ Association (Apindo), the Indonesian Textile Association (API) and the Indonesian Footwear Association (Aprisindo) representing the employers. From the worker’s side, it was signed by the Federations of Textile, Clothing and Leather Unions of the Confederation of All Indonesian Workers Union (FSP-TSK KSPSI) and of Confederation of Indonesian Trade Union (FSP-TSK KSPI) as well as the Federation of Garment, Handicraft, Textile and Industrial Centers of the Indonesian Labour Union Confederation (FSB-Garteks KSBSI).
Drawing upon the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to the world of work, particularly to the garment and footwear industries, the joint statement promotes compliance with occupational safety and health and COVID-19 related guidelines and upholds social dialogues to overcome common employment issues.
We want to show our international buyers that we are dealing with this issue together and we are committed to follow the new protocols for the benefits of both workers and employers."Sinta Widjaja Kamdani, Deputy of Apindo
Both Sinta Widjaja Kamdani, Deputy of Apindo, and Elly R. Silaban, President of KSBSI, emphasized the importance of the joint commitment to ensure the sustainability of the Indonesian export-oriented garment and footwear industries as one key pillar of the country’s economic fabric. They both also expressed the replication of this joint commitment by other industrial sectors to help the economic recovery.
This is our togetherness and our joint responses to overcome the challenges that we are jointly facing."Elly R. Silaban, President of KSBSI
The Ministry of Manpower greatly appreciated the joint commitment shown by both employers and workers. “Social dialogue is the key for businesses’ continuity and resilience in the face of pandemic. This is also in line with the initiatives of the government as we need the support of both employers and workers in implementing governmental programmes,” stated Haiyani Rumondang, Manpower Ministry’s Director General for Industrial Relations and Social Protection.
Social dialogue is the key for businesses’ continuity and resilience in the face of pandemic. This is also in line with the initiatives of the government as we need the support of both employers and workers in implementing governmental programmes."Haiyani Rumondang, Manpower Ministry’s Director General for Industrial Relations and Social Protection
In Indonesia, the joint commitment was facilitated by the Better Work Indonesia (BWI) programme, a joint programme of the ILO and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The programme aims to improve working conditions and boost competitiveness of the Indonesian garment and footwear industries.