News and press releases

This is a list of official ILO press releases issued by the ILO office in Jakarta and Timor-Leste. Some are available in multiple languages, indicated on the top of each release. The most recent release is at the top.


  1. Steady but uneven growth in wages in Asia and the Pacific, says new ILO Report

    19 September 2017

    Real wage growth has declined globally from 2.5 per cent in 2012 to 1.7 per cent in 2015, the lowest level in four years. This was partly because the increase in wage growth in North America and some European countries was not sufficient to offset the decrease in wage growth in emerging and developing countries, says the ILO latest wage report launched in Jakarta on Tuesday, 19 September 2017.

  2. Helping transgender make the most of their money

    15 September 2017

    Access to finance is a fundamental condition for poverty reduction, job creation, income generation and social protection. However, some disadvantaged groups still experience limited access to employment and finance, including transgender people. They still face the highest level of discrimination, including in relation to employment opportunities.

  3. Towards better, improved employment-related social security in Indonesia

    08 September 2017

    Building greater trust among relevant stakeholders, optimizing benefits adequacy, re-profiling members of social security for workers as well as synchronizing existing regulations were the four recommendations from the joint evaluation seminar conducted by the ILO and the Ministry of Manpower in Jakarta on 7 September.

  4. Examining two-year implementation of social security for workers in the digitalization era

    06 September 2017

    Social security system for workers has been implemented for two years in Indonesia. This system covers four schemes managed by the Employment-related Social Security Provider (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan) since 1 July 2015: the Work Accident Benefit, Death Benefit, Old-Age Saving Benefit and Pension.

  5. Domestic workers voice their aspirations through compilation of stories: “We will not be silent”

    08 August 2017

    As an effort to document the lives and the struggle of Indonesian domestic workers to be recognized as workers, the International Labour Organization (ILO), in collaboration with JALA PRT and the Jakarta’s Independent Journalist Alliance (AJI Jakarta) is going to launch a book titled “We Will Not Be Silent: 31 Stories of Domestic Workers Behind the Domestic Walls” on Thursday, 10 August 2017, at Wisma Antara, Jakarta.

  6. Launch of skills training initiative for domestic workers: Improving domestic workers’ job quality and standards

    04 August 2017

    Many domestic workers endure very poor working conditions, many are underpaid, have no social security coverage, work long hours, in difficult and not always in safe conditions. Some are even vulnerable to the threat of trafficking, sexual, physical and psychological abuse.

  7. Students as agents of change for the elimination of child domestic labour

    25 July 2017

    Students could act as agents of change for their countries. Their efforts need to be supported with suitable activities such as dialogues, discussions and knowledge sharing events.

  8. Launch of the National Employment Strategy of Timor-Leste

    17 July 2017

    On July 17, the Government, through the Secretary of State for Vocational Training and Employment Policy (SEPFOPE), with the support of the Office of the Minister of State, Economic Affairs Coordinator (MECAE) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), launched the "National Employment Strategy" (NES) program for the period 2017-2030, which took place in the Suai Room, Timor Plaza, Dili.

  9. Indonesia policy makers to better coordinate on SME policies

    22 June 2017

    Indonesian policy makers, representing relevant ministries, key labour actors and organizations including business development services, have formulated joint intervention programmes to promote better market access and to enhance the application of the information technology as critical steps to develop more coordinated policies and to improve small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Indonesia.

  10. ILO-JALA PRT to launch the compilation of Indonesian domestic workers’ legal cases

    14 June 2017

    For more than seven years, Marni Siti* (name has been changed), 22 years old, was kept as prisoner in the home of her employer who regularly violently abused and deprived her of food, sleep and payment for long hours of grueling work. She finally managed to flee. With bruises and swelling all over her body, she went to the police and reported her abusive employers last February 2016.