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. Examining the Indonesian National Health Insurance

    09 November 2015

    Indonesia is moving towards an integrated social protection system. Indonesia has also started a new scheme on national health insurance.

  2. Preventing lung occupational diseases in Indonesia

    09 November 2015

    Occupational deaths and injuries and work-related diseases take a particularly heavy toll in developing countries, including Indonesia.

  3. Providing better protection for Indonesian domestic migrant domestic workers in Malaysia

    03 November 2015

    Malaysia is an important country of destination for migrant domestic workers, the majority of which are from Indonesia. The Malaysian Ministry of Human Resources reported that as at June 2013, there were 180,000 documented migrant domestic workers in Malaysia.

  4. Strengthen competitiveness and productivity through decent work, says new ILO Report

    09 July 2015

    Trends in 2015 point to a further slowdown of the economy, however, labour market indicators show that employment has continued to expand in 2015 and that unemployment rate has remained low, at 5.8 per cent in February 2015. In order to maintain these trends, it will be key for Indonesia to put in place strategies to strengthen its competitiveness and productivity, says the ILO latest report launched in Jakarta on Thursday, 9 July 2015.

  5. ILO to publish annual report on labour and social trends in Indonesia

    03 July 2015

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) is to launch its annual report “Labour and Social Trends in Indonesia 2014-2015: Strengthening competitiveness and productivity through decent work” in Jakarta on Thursday, the 9th of July, 2015.

  6. Promoting Decent Work for Homeworkers in Indonesia: Homeworkers are workers!

    17 June 2015

    Home work is not a new phenomenon in Indonesia and although national statistics on the prevalence of home work do not exist, a number of focused studies in East Java reveal that significant numbers of women and men are engaged in this type of work. The term ‘homeworker’ is used to refer to industrial outworkers who carry out paid work from their home, for firms/business or their intermediaries, typically on a piece-rate basis.

  7. ILO – Kampung Halaman Foundation to launch a series of videos and photos on domestic workers by Indonesian youth in Makasssar

    16 June 2015

    To promote the rights of domestic workers, the ILO in collaboration with Kampung Halaman Foundation (YKH), will launch a series of video diaries and photo stories titled “Fom Youth to Youth: Nine Stories of Our Friendship with Domestic Workers” on Tuesday, 16 June 2015, at Panakukkang XXI, Panakukkang Mall, Makassar. These video diaries and photo stories are part the campaign to promote decent work for domestic workers and elimination of child domestic labour.

  8. ILO – Kampung Halaman Foundation to Launch a Series of Videos and Photos on Domestic Workers by Indonesian Youth

    12 June 2015

    Domestic workers represent the single largest group of female salaried workers contributing to the households of others in their own country or abroad. Despite of the importance of the role of domestic workers, domestic work is still not recognized as work. Since their work is done in private households, which are not considered work places in many countries, their employment relationship is not addressed in national labour laws or other legislation, denying them recognition as workers entitled to labour protection.

  9. The World Day against Child Labour 2015: Children to challenge policy makers on quality education

    11 June 2015

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) in Indonesia, in collaboration with Yasayan Kesejahteraan Anak Indonesia, will organize an interactive dialogue between children (school children, dropped out children, child labourers and shelter children) and policy makers on quality education on Thursday, 11 June, at Sari Pan Pacific Hotel, Jakarta from 08.00am-12.00pm.

  10. The Partnership Agreement Signing Ceremony between the Ministry of Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration of the Republic of Indonesia, ILO, and FAO on Decent Work for Food Security and Sustainable Rural Development (DW4FS-SRD) programme in NTT Province

    29 May 2015

    Today, Indonesia’s Minister of Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration signed a Partnership Agreement with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in support of a “Decent Work for Food and Sustainable Rural Development (DW4FS-SRD)” programme in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Province.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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