Strengthening Workers Organizations Involvement in Implementation of SDGs Policies in Indonesia

This two day meeting is aimed at raising awareness of leaders of workers organizations on SDG 2030 Agenda, review SDGs implementation policies in Indonesia and develop follow up plans of work for strengthening involvement of workers organizations in implementation and monitoring of progress in achieving SDGs, especially those targets related to the Decent Work Agenda.

Background

To ensure that ‘no one is left behind’, workers organizations have been urging the Indonesian Government to take measures for: improving wages and social protection measures to eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities; ensure gender equality, more and decent jobs for women, improve working and living conditions for workers and promote measures to improve the freedom of association, collective bargaining and social dialogue situation in the country. ILO DCM that visited Indonesia in Oct 2016 also urged the Government to look into these issues.

This meeting will contribute towards deepening the understanding of the Indonesian union leaders on 2030 SDG Agenda and its relevance to trade union work. Trade unions have already at their disposal a number of tools developed with the ILO and Workers’ Group support, and these tools can be a contribution to implementing SDGs in Indonesia. Such tools (that will be used as reference material for this workshop) include: the ILO focus targets, the SDGs Decent Work Portal, the ILO Implementation Plan for the 2030 SDGs Agenda, and the Trade Union Reference Manual on the 2030 Agenda. Other references that workers can use include the UN website on the SDGs global indicator framework.

The meeting will be an opportunity to review SDGs implementation policies in Indonesia and develop follow up plans of work for strengthening involvement workers organizations in implementation and monitoring of progress on national SDGs Agenda, especially targets of Goal 8. The follow up plan of the workers organizations will identify priority areas of action, priority areas of capacity building for workers organizations, possibility of the joint trade union platform on SDGs and strategic partners for the implementation of the plan.

Objectives

The meeting will contribute towards:

  • Strengthen the capacity of trade unions to participate and influence the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs agenda in Indonesia, and ensure that the decent work agenda is included in the country’s priority for SDGs implementation and monitoring; and
  • Development of trade unions’ follow up plan that identify priority areas of action, modalities of action, priority areas of capacity building for workers organizations and strategic partners for the implementation of the plan.