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. 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.

  2. 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).

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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    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.

  6. EU, ILO and Timorese Government sign agro-forestry project worth EUR 12.2 Million

    09 May 2017

    Representatives from the European Union (EU), the ILO and the Timor-Leste Government signed an agreement of € 12.2 million for a rural development project to be developed by 2021 in six municipalities in the country.

  7. Indonesian young worker safety on the job

    02 May 2017

    Young workers should be more aware of the risks and hazards associated with their industry sector, their rights at work when it comes to occupational safety and health (OSH), and should be directly involved in solutions together with employers and the Government, in line with a vision of zero work-related injuries, diseases and deaths.

  8. Building a culture of prevention for Indonesian young workers

    27 April 2017

    To commemorate this year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work on the 28th of April, the ILO is organizing an interactive discussion in Jakarta on safe work for youth, raising public awareness, particularly on the part of Indonesian young workers themselves. The event will include a radio talkshow on key actions that employers, government authorities, and young workers themselves can take to proactively promote a culture of prevention.

  9. Recognizing the rights of domestic workers through employment contract

    26 April 2017

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) has been promoting the use of Standard Contracts for Domestic Work around the world as a concrete and practical means to providing better working conditions to domestic workers as well as recognizing their rights as workers.

  10. Protecting the rights of young workers at work

    24 April 2017

    Young people, particularly first time job seekers, are still often neglected by existing employment strategies, policies and programmes.