Feature stories

This is a list of official ILO feature stories issued by the ILO office in Jakarta and Timor-Leste. Some are available in multiple languages, indicated on the top of each stories. The most recent stories is at the top.


  1. Turning waste fruit into a profitable business

    05 July 2012

    Cooperatives have played an important role in Indonesia by helping to boost growth, reduce poverty and promote social cohesion. As the world celebrates the UN International Day of Cooperatives, Gita Lingga reports on a successful project involving rural women in the Maluku islands.

  2. ‘Decent work’ in Indonesia: What do the indicators say?

    04 June 2012

    An opinion-editorial by Peter van Rooij, Country Director of the ILO in Indonesia, highlighting decent work indicators of Indonesia ranging from the labor force participation rates of men and women, social protection, progress made in reducing child labour, to the hours people work and the wages they receive. The opinion article was published by the Jakarta Post on 4 June.

  3. May Day rally as part of labour union’s strategic action

    01 May 2012

    An opinion-editorial by Tauvik Muhamad, Programme Officer, ILO-Jakarta, focusing on the Indonesian labour movement and the urgency for the unions to come up with more strategic thinking and sustainable means of influencing the policy-making process. The opinion article was published by the Jakarta Post on 1 May.

  4. Fuel-price policy and social protection floor in Indonesia

    14 April 2012

    An opinion-editorial by Tauvik Muhamad, Programme Officer, ILO-Jakarta, capturing the important linkages between the fuel-price policy and the implementation of the social protection floor in Indonesia. The opinion article was published by the Jakarta Post on 14 April.

  5. The dispute over minimum wages in Indonesia: Who's to decide how much is enough?

    26 March 2012

    An opinion-editorial by Tauvik Muhamad, Programme Officer, ILO-Jakarta, raising key questions regarding minimum wage mechanisms and fixing-systems. The opinion article was published by the Jakarta Globe on 26 March.

  6. Campaign for domestic workers’ rights gathers pace

    29 February 2012

    The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day, 8 March, is “Empower Rural Women, End Poverty and Hunger”. One path that many rural women take to escape poverty is to become a domestic worker in a big city household or overseas. Yet when they do, many find themselves exploited, with little or no legal protection to guarantee basic rights to pay, rest and freedom from abuse. However following the adoption of the ILO Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189), the campaign to ensure domestic workers’ rights are respected is gaining momentum. By Lotte Kejser, Chief Technical Advisor, ILO Country Office for Indonesia and Timor Leste


  1. Managing growth through workplace cooperation – the case of PT Laksana

    21 October 2011

    A case study of the SCORE Project in Indonesia

  2. The story of Munti: Tortured to death in Malaysia

    15 September 2011

    Suparmo, 47 years old, still cannot forget his wife’s condition. Her teeth were broken. Her backbone was fractured. She had bruises and stab wounds on her face and body. His wife’s name was Munti. She was only 36 years old and was in a coma. “I couldn’t believe that she could still be alive with all those severe injuries,” Suparmo recalled. “She had been severely tortured by her employers.”

  3. The story of Umi Saodah: Tortured and trapped in war-torn Palestine

    15 September 2011

    “I’m still angry and cannot forget what they have done to me,” Umi Saodah, a 34-year-old, recalled. It’s still crystal clear in her mind how four family members of her employer tortured her two years ago. “They showed no mercy. If they were living here in Indonesia, I would retaliate,” she said.

  4. The story of Halimah: A father’s persisting regrets

    15 September 2011

    Kohar, 49 years old and a resident of Cianjur, West Java, has five children: four daughters and a son. His wife died in 1999 and his two eldest daughters have worked in Saudi Arabia. When his third daughter, Halimah, 27 years of age, asked his permission to follow in her sisters’ footsteps working in Saudi Arabia as a migrant domestic worker, he could not say no.