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. ASEAN countries team up to tackle youth unemployment

    13 May 2013

    Indonesia, supported by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and ASEAN Secretariat, is hosting a one-day ASEAN Forum on Youth Employment on Monday, 13 May 2013, in Semarang, Central Java.

  2. Better protecting Indonesian migrant workers through bilateral and multilateral agreements

    08 May 2013

    As the second largest sending country, some 700,000 documented Indonesian migrant workers leave the country for work abroad, primarily in East and South East Asia as well as the Middle East. Of these, 78 per cent work as domestic workers.

  3. Providing better financial access to Indonesian micro and small enterprises

    06 May 2013

    Microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Indonesia have significant potential to create jobs and reduce poverty by providing access to a range of financial services. The sector is gearing up for exponential growth and expected to reach more people in urban and rural areas with their microfinance products.

  4. ILO: Better Work Indonesia helps to stamp out fire risks in partner factories

    26 April 2013

    When a fire tore through a footwear factory in Jakarta in 2010, four people died. They became trapped between the flames and a locked emergency exit. In Bangladesh, locked emergency exits were partly to blame for 112 fatalities during a massive garment factory fire in 2012.

  5. Strengthening business resilience of Indonesian small and medium enterprises in the face of disaster

    15 April 2013

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are vulnerable to various types and forms of threats, dangers or crisis. The recent flood emergency in Jakarta in early 2013, for example, had severely hurt businesses, particularly SMEs. Floods had destroyed SMEs’ business assets and disrupted their business continuity, which in turn would put them at risk of losing their businesses and falling into poverty.

  6. Further efforts needed to work towards a sustainable and equitable economy, Says New ILO Report

    04 April 2013

    While the world economy still struggles to recover from the economic crisis, the overall outlook for Indonesia in 2012 was largely positive thanks to the country’s strong focus on the development of economic infrastructure to address constraints to growth as well as robust household consumption and growing investment.

  7. ILO: Better Work Indonesia Strives to End Workplace Harassment

    08 March 2013

    A worker is offered better hours or more money in return for sexual favours; a manager pinches the bottom of a worker; a worker spreads malicious rumours about a fellow co-worker. These are all forms of harassment, and are common in one form or another in many Indonesian garment factories.

  8. South-to-South Cooperation Regional Workshop: Marking the regional efforts to end child labour by 2016

    04 March 2013

    Key leaders representing government, employers, trade unions and other relevant stakeholders from six countries will meet at Hotel Balairung Jakarta, Monday (4/3), to look at ways of strengthening South-to-South cooperation in combating child labour.

  9. ILO: Better Work Indonesia Programme Launch Phase 2

    08 February 2013

    The Indonesian garment industry has enjoyed rapid growth, significantly contributing to the national economic growth by providing more than one million jobs and accounting for one of the primary state revenues.

  10. Promoting women’s access to decent work and equality in employment in indonesia

    16 January 2013

    To further promote economic and social empowerment of women, the International Labour Organization (ILO) will conduct a one-day national workshop, “Promoting women’s access to decent work and equality in employment in Indonesia”, on Wednesday, 16 January 2013, at Sari Pan Pacific Hotel, Jakarta.


  1. ILO-AJI Jakarta to award journalists on child labour and education

    15 December 2012

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Jakarta will conduct a media award ceremony on child labour and education on the 15th December in Jakarta. The winners from five categories—print, online, radio, TV and photo journalist—will be officially announced during the ceremony.

  2. ADB-OECD-ILO team up to examine trade and employment globally

    07 December 2012

    As part of the International Collaborative Initiative on Trade and Employment (ICITE) activities, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and International Labour Organization (ILO) will host a regional conference on Trade and Employment in a Globalized World on Monday – Tuesday, 10 – 11 December 2012, at the Borobudur Hotel, Jakarta.

  3. The 2012 Human Rights Day: The right of children to be free from child labour

    07 December 2012

    To commemorate the 2012 Human Rights Day, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Indonesia, in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Terre des Hommes will host a film screening and a panel discussion on Child Labour: “Aku, masa Depanmu Jakarta!” on Monday, 10 December 2012, from 15.00 – 18.00 at the Erasmus Huis Jakarta.

  4. Promoting universal social protection coverage in Indonesia

    06 December 2012

    As part of national efforts to implement universal social protection in Indonesia, the International Labour Organization (ILO), in collaboration with the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), has launched the key results of the Social Protection Floor (SPF) assessment.

  5. ILO launches Decent Work Profile for Maluku

    29 November 2012

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) was launching a Decent Work Profile for Maluku as part of the Decent Work Provincial Programme of Maluku, which assesses progress in the development of labour market conditions and protection for workers in the Maluku Province on Wednesday, 28 November, in Ambon, Maluku.

  6. Greater access to HIV-sensitive social protection in Indonesia

    20 November 2012

    Key officials from Indonesia, India and Thailand will gather in Jakarta on 21st November to attend a UN-sponsored meeting which aims to promote HIV-sensitive social protection in Indonesia.

  7. Regional workshop on masyarakat adat

    19 November 2012

    The UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (UNDP APRC), International Labour Organization (ILO), and the United Nations Indigenous Peoples Partnership (UNIPP) are jointly hosting a two-day Regional Workshop on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples, on Monday – Tuesday, 19 – 20 November, at the Borobudur Hotel, Jakarta.

  8. Better Work Indonesia: Improving capacity of HR and compliance practitioners in the Indonesian garment industry

    14 November 2012

    To improve the performance of the Indonesian garment industry and to strengthen the capacity of companies to be more socially responsible, the ILO through its Better Work Indonesia programme is organising a one-day Networking Event for Human Resources and Compliance Practitioners in the Indonesian garment industry.

  9. ILO to share its lessons learnt in rebuilding and reconstructing Aceh and Nias

    12 November 2012

    After more than seven years, the struggling economy of Aceh province has recovered from being shaken by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2004. This province at the farthest west of Indonesia has kept growing since then, with a rise in job opportunities and an improvement in the welfare of the people. Significant changes are taking place in Aceh.

  10. ILO to launch campaign to improve productivity and competitiveness of small and medium-sized companies in Makassar

    05 November 2012

    To assist SMEs to be more productive, competitive and sustainable, the International Labour Organization (ILO) will conduct a workshop entitled, “Effective Ways, Tips and Tricks to Achieve High-Productivity in SMEs”, on Tuesday, 6 November, at Grand Clarion Hotel, Makassar. The Makassar launch is a follow-up to the national launch which was held in Jakarta on 1 November.