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. Realizing a fair migration between Asia and the Arab States

    05 May 2015

    The largest migrant flows from South Asia and part of South-East Asia are to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, who currently rely on foreign labour to fill in almost 90 per cent of private sector jobs, often in construction, service and domestic work. In total there are over 22 million migrant workers in the GCC countries. These numbers may likely rise due in part to massive infrastructure projects, such as those associated with the Qatar World Cup 2022 and the UAE World Expo 2020.

  2. Providing better working and living conditions for migrant fishers in the ASEAN region

    27 April 2015

    The issue of work in fishing is important for countries in Asia, including Southeast Asia. Over 87 per cent of the world’s fishers and 73 per cent of the global fleet of fishing vessels come from Asia (FAO, 2012). Cambodian and Myanmar migrant workers, for example, work on Thai vessels fishing in Malaysian and Indonesian waters; while beyond the ASEAN region, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Filipino fishermen also work on Korean and Taiwanese vessels.

  3. Ensuring quality of Asia-Pacific skills development systems to be discussed

    17 March 2015

    A 3-day workshop on quality assurance for work-related skills is being held for the ILO's member States in Bangkok, Thailand.

  4. Indonesia to adopt policy recommendations on decent work and sustainable development

    24 February 2015

    Government, employer and worker representatives, academics and other relevant stakeholders from Indonesia reviewed lessons learned and adopt policy recommendations on decent work and sustainable development.

  5. Media Advisory: Indonesia prepares for global meeting on employment and decent work

    18 February 2015

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) will host a country-level meeting for Indonesia in Jakarta from 24-25 February in preparation for the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) 2015 Integration Segment in New York at the end of March, around the theme of "Achieving Sustainable Development through Employment Creation and Decent Work for All".


  1. Trade unions to promote decent work for domestic workers and elimination of child domestic labor

    15 December 2014

    Key trade unions representatives from 11 countries will gather at the Regional Trade Union Workshop in Yogyakarta, to discuss innovative ways to reduce child domestic labor through the promotion of decent work for domestic workers.

  2. Decent work high on ILO Director-General’s agenda in Timor-Leste

    15 December 2014

    Guy Ryder to address major decent work issues in meetings with employers, workers and government during a 3-day visit

  3. ILO Director-General to visit Decent Work project and meet villagers in Kupang, Indonesia

    13 December 2014

    During his one-day visit, Guy Ryder will talk to rural villagers about their livelihoods and discuss labour issues with local government, employers, and workers representatives in NTT Province.

  4. Women homeworkers to improve financial management skills for better financial security: 240 women homeworkers to be reached in Java and North Sumatra

    10 December 2014

    PT Sun Life Financial Indonesia (“Sun Life”, “Company”) today launched a series of training in partnership with ILO MAMPU Implementing Partners to educate women homeworkers on financial literacy using ILO modules. Homeworkers, commonly known as workers in the “putting out system” in Indonesia are mostly women, and are among the most disadvantaged workers. They work without formal contract or agreement in most cases and lack access to social and legal protection.

  5. Decent work high on ILO Director-General’s agenda in Indonesia

    10 December 2014

    Guy Ryder to address major job issues in meetings with employer, worker and government stakeholders during a 3-day visit

  6. Media Advisory - The ILO Director General to Meet with Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Key Labour Actors in Indonesia

    10 December 2014

    The Director General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Mr Guy Ryder, will visit to Indonesia from 10 to 13 December 2014. This visit marks the first time that a Director General of the ILO will visit the country.

  7. Media Advisory - The ILO Director General to Meet with Vice Prime Minister and Key Labour Actors in Timor-Leste

    09 December 2014

    The Director General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Mr Guy Ryder, will visit Timor-Leste from 14 to 16 December 2014. This visit marks the first time that a Director General of the ILO will visit the country.

  8. Launch of Road for Development (R4D) movie

    05 December 2014

    H. E. The Minister of Public Works, Sr. Gastão Francisco de Sousa, hosted a high-level event to officially launch a movie about the Roads for Development Program (R4D). Senior dignitaries from the Government of Timor-Leste, Donors and Development Partners have been invited to this launch which took place at the Terra Santa resort in Dili.

  9. Unions call for more emphasis on preventing workplace accidents and diseases

    08 October 2014

    A symposium of union participants and ILO experts in Jakarta says preventative culture must become a priority.

  10. Promoting cross-border movement of skilled laborers in ASEAN

    24 September 2014

    Paving the way for the cross-border recognition of skills in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) will be discussed by ASEAN member countries’ high-level representatives in Jakarta today.

  11. ILO: Better Work Indonesia improves access to jobs in garment industry for people with disabilities

    01 September 2014

    According to a World Report on Disability (2011) published by The World Health Organization (WHO) and World Bank, there are roughly a billion people with disabilities in the world. Further, there are approximately 785 million of people with disabilities at their productive age, though the majority of them are unemployed. Those who are employed generally earn less compared with people who do not have disability and are often employed in the informal economy with minimal or no social protection.

  12. Launch of new study on labour market effects of AEC 2015

    14 August 2014

    A new study on how labour markets will be affected by deeper ASEAN integration will be launched by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), in Jakarta, on Wednesday 20 August.

  13. World Day against Child Labour: Indonesia to mark the World Day with focus on social protection

    23 June 2014

    This year’s World Day against Child Labour is marked by a focus on the important role of social protection in ending child labour. Taking the theme: “Extend Social Protection to Combat Child Labour”, the International Labour Organization (ILO), in collaboration with Yayasan Sekar, is organising an event on Monday, 23 June 2014, at the educational shelter of Penjaringan, Jakarta to increase awareness on the existence of the social protection programmes and call for extension and improvement of efforts to fight and combat child labour in Indonesia.

  14. Kick-off Workshop on Rural Roads Master Plan for Timor-Leste

    04 June 2014

    H. E. The Minister of Public Works Sr. Gastão Francisco de Sousa and H.E. the Ambassador of Australia, Mr. Peter Doyle, will officially open the Kick-off Workshop for the development of a Rural Roads Master Plan for Timor-Leste on 4th June 2014 at 8:30am at the Ministry of Public Works, Corporate Services Offices in Dili.

  15. The launch of SCORE programme phase II: Indonesia commits to assist SMEs be more productive and competitive

    26 May 2014

    Small medium enterprises (SMEs) are one of the economic pillars of Indonesia. In 2012, SMEs have contributed 57.4 per cent to the Gross National Product and also play a great role in tackling unemployment by employing 107.6 million of workers (data from the Ministry of Cooperative and SMEs). Considering the strategic role of SMEs in the Indonesian economy, it is important to improve the productivity and competitiveness of SMEs.