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 team up with trade unions to protect fishers from COVID-19 pandemic and human trafficking

    12 June 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the vulnerability of fishers and make them at higher risks of being trapped in human trafficking. The ILO team up with trade unions in fishing sector to raise their awareness about the pandemic and the danger of trafficking.

  2. © N. Wicheanbut/Bangkok Post/AFP 2020

    Realizing an inclusive workplace in Indonesia’s new normal

    11 June 2020

    Many persons with disabilities come into the COVID-19 crisis already facing significant exclusion in all areas of the world of work. The new normal may have provide a greater opportunity to realize inclusive workplace.

  3. Ensuring business continuity of SMEs as the backbone of Indonesian economy

    08 June 2020

    Indonesian key labour actors discussed steps and programmes to assist small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) ensuring their business continuity based on the key findings of the ILO’s latest enterprise survey. SMEs are the backbone for Indonesian economy.

  4. EU and ILO hand over two compaction rollers to Timorese contractors and give guidance to workers on protection against new COVID-19

    05 June 2020

    The handover ceremony took place at the Don Bosco Training Centre in the presence of the European Union Ambassador Andrew Jacobs, a Representative of the National Authorising Officer, a Representative from the Directorate of Roads, Bridges and Flood Control (DRBFC), a Representative of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Timor-Leste (CCI-TL), and the ILO Head of Mission.

  5. © Hoa Tran / ILO 2020

    Southeast Asian Forum for Fishers strengthen efforts to better protect migrant fishers

    03 June 2020

    To strengthen the protection of migrant fishers in the Southeast Asia, SEA Forum for Fishers emphasized the need for streamlined coordination at both national and regional levels during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

  6. Better protecting women workers during COVID-19 pandemic

    01 June 2020

    Women are one of the groups being hit the hardest by the pandemic. They also face a double burden of work and domestic responsibilities. The pandemic also make them more vulnerable to violence at work.

  7. © Wayne Grazio 2020

    ILO: More than one in six young people out of work due to COVID-19

    27 May 2020

    The ILO’s latest analysis of the labour market impact of COVID-19 exposes the devastating and disproportionate effect on young workers, and analyses measures being taken to create a safe return to work environment.

  8. Staying competitive during COVID-19 with digital skills

    19 May 2020

    Responding to the growing need for ICT skills caused by COVID-19 pandemic, the ILO team up with the Indonesian Retail Association (APRINDO) to provide an opportunity for business owners and laid-off workers to be more competitive with improved digital skills.

  9. Indonesian enterprises barely survive, jobs at risk

    18 May 2020

    Indonesian enterprises and jobs are impacted severely by the COVID-19 outbreak, a recent ILO enterprise survey reveals. Survival of enterprises and saving jobs are a race against time, calling for urgent actions by the government and social partners.

  10. Promoting quality company-based apprenticeship programmes

    15 May 2020

    The current COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting people’s everyday way of living. Besides being a global health crisis, it is also a major social and economic crisis, and in relation to our work and education, it is affecting the way we work and learn in an unprecedented manner.