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. Progress and potential: Improved working conditions in the apparel industry make workers’ lives better and businesses stronger

    06 October 2016

    An independent review of the Better Work programme shows significant gains in quality of life for workers in factories they advise, as well as enhanced productivity and profitability for those businesses involved.

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

    30 September 2016

    Domestic work is an important occupation in many economies worldwide but it remains unrecognised as “work’’ and virtually invisible form of employment in many countries. It is also generally seen as unskilled work, a natural extension of women’s work in their own homes.

  3. Indonesia should focus on employment-friendly growth

    19 September 2016

    A relatively large young population and abundant natural resources, Indonesia can realize its demographic dividend. However, for that to happen the country needs to create economic opportunities and invest in human resources thereby enabling more people to engage in productive and decent employment.

  4. ASEAN presents award for outstanding workplaces on HIV and AIDS prevention programmes

    16 September 2016

    Six private companies from ASEAN Member States were awarded with the first ASEAN Red Ribbon for Outstanding Workplace (ARROW) for their remarkable initiatives to create a safe and healthy working environment through HIV and AIDS awareness and prevention programmes for their employers.

  5. Examining current labour and employment conditions of Indonesia

    14 September 2016

    Indonesia is now considered as a middle-income country. Therefore, the country has reached a stage in its economic and social development where labour market institutions need to play a more central role in fostering a fair distribution of income through productive and decent work.

  6. Indonesia ratifies the ILO Convention on Maritime Labour

    13 September 2016

    Indonesia has ratified the 2006 ILO’s Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006), which is aimed to strengthen the protection of Indonesian sailors and ship crewmen, through an unanimous approval by the Indonesian House of Representatives during a plenary meeting held on Thursday, 8 September 2016.

  7. Creating a culture of gender equality in Indonesian SMEs

    09 September 2016

    The large majority of employment for both women and men in Indonesia is found in small-sized and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), with more than 50 percent of Indonesian workers are still engaged in informal employment. Furthermore, the key to sustainable economic development that leads to effective poverty reduction also lies in competitive and growing SMEs.

  8. Established, DWCP Steering Committee of Timor-Leste

    02 September 2016

    The Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) Steering Committee of Timor-Leste was established, consisting of key tripartite representatives. The Steering Committee has developed an implementation plan to realize decent work for all people of Timor-Leste.

  9. Tripartite dialogue sets recommendations on skills development, social security and collective bargaining in Indonesia

    25 August 2016

    A two day High Level Tripartite Dialogue on Employment, Industrial Relation and Social Protection concluded on 26 August with recommendations on strengthening social dialogue and tripartite involvement in skills development, social security institutions as well as wages and collective bargaining.

  10. Indonesia to strengthen its social dialogue on Decent Work for Sustainable Development

    25 August 2016

    Key Indonesian labour actors representing government agencies, employer as well as worker representatives will gather for two days at the High-Level Tripartite Dialogue in Jakarta from 24-25 August 2016, to further discuss employment policies, industrial relations matters and social protection issues.