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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Indonesian policy makers to improve productivity and working conditions of Indonesian SMEs

    13 June 2017

    Around the globe, small-sized and medium-sized enterprises are the main providers of employment. In Indonesia, similarly SMEs are one of the economic pillars of the country. 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).

  8. Indonesia ratifies the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended (MLC, 2006)

    12 June 2017

    Indonesia, an important actor of international maritime trade, is the 83rd Member State of the ILO that ratifies this convention.

  9. Recognizing domestic workers as workers through skills development and employment contract

    26 May 2017

    The ILO through its Promoting Decent Work for Domestic Workers (PROMOTE) Project has been promoting decent work for domestic workers and the elimination of child domestic labour through skills training programme and standardized certification as well as the application of employment contract.

  10. © ILO / Maillard J. 2018

    Upholding labour protection in fishing sector

    10 May 2017

    Fishing is one of the most challenging, hazardous and high risk occupations. Difficult working and living conditions on board fishing vessels are common in fishing regardless the type of fishing operation or where it is taking place. Compared to those working in other economic sectors, many fishers are only poorly protected by national labour or maritime law.