Provincial Multi-Stakeholder Meetings on Working Condition Improvement in Palm Oil Plantation

The Provincial multi-stakeholder meetings are conducted as an effort to promote decent work in palm oil plantations, particularly in North Sumatra.


With the support of the Government of Indonesia and the social partners, the ILO undertook a diagnostic process on working conditions in the palm oil sector in March 2015. Based on the results of the diagnostic process, discussed in a tripartite setting in August 2015, the constituents agreed on a national plan of action on the promotion of decent work on oil palm plantations. The action plan is organized around six areas: 1. Employment status; 2. Wages; 3. Social dialogue; 4. Occupational safety and health; 5. Child labour; and 6. Labour inspection.

There was a consensus that these areas required particular attention in order strengthen Indonesia’s economic advantage in the palm oil sector in a sustainable way, improving working and living conditions of plantation workers and the performance of the sector. In developing an implementation strategy for the project, a selected activities of brainstorming discussions, and plantation workshops will be organized with all relevant stakeholders in order to exchange views on possible solutions to decent work challenges facing the sector in targeted provinces and plantations, while at the same time facilitating social dialogue.


The objective of this provincial dialogue is threefold:

  1. To establish a social dialogue platform at the province level dedicated specifically to the promotion of decent work in the palm oil sector. Participatory and inclusive dialogue characterized by active engagement of all relevant stakeholders and market players is key to ensuring the development of a comprehensive implementation strategy for the project and to finding sustainable solutions to employment and labour challenges facing the sector;
  2. To agree, on a tripartite basis, on concrete actions that need to be taken in order to advance decent work in the palm oil sector, in accordance with the result of key diagnostic result in August 2015; and
  3. To develop a detailed implementation plan for the project at the provincial level.


The outputs that the project will aim at achieving through this process are:

  1. A well-functioning multi-stakeholder social dialogue mechanism at the provincial level specifically focusing on the palm oil sector;
  2. A detailed project implementation strategy;
  3. A provincial working group or task force on labour issues at the provincial level; and
  4. A tested educational programme on OSH for plantation for managers, workers, and smallholders.