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.
09 December 2008
Most workers experience some form of verbal, physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse on a regular basis and are forced to confinement within the workplace. Contracts are violated, and payments and passports are sometimes withheld by employers or recruiting agents until the last contracted day of work (which make it impossible to flee). The majority of these workers are vulnerable young women with little schooling or knowledge about their rights and the potential dangers of their work situation. Worst of all, most countries exclude domestic workers from labour legislation protection, including Indonesia.
18 August 2008
An opinion-editorial by Tauvik Muhamad, Programme Officer, ILO-Jakarta, highlighting the extension of the social security coverage to the informal economy workers. The opinion article was published by the Jakarta Post on 14 August.
05 April 2008
By Gita F. Lingga, Communications Officer of ILO-Jakarta. (Baucau, Timor-Leste): Two years ago, Manuel Gaspar, a third generation blacksmith, in Baucau Kota, Baucau, Timor-Leste, together with one to three employees, was only able to produce seven pieces of agricultural and construction equipment per week. He is now able to produce 140 tools per day, and is employing 45 workers, 23 of whom are permanent workers. He has successfully expanded his business and established a group called “Blacksmith.” To date, Blacksmith has produced a total of 6,000 tools, earning a total of $50,000 – 60,000 dollars.
02 August 2007
By Jose Assalino, Chief Technical Advisor, Timor-Leste. As a newly independent country with a fledgling economy, Timor-Leste faces many social and economic challenges. To help the Timorese people find decent work the ILO started three new initiatives, each designed to address a different aspect of the labour market while complementing each other and promoting employment, income generation and decent work.
30 March 2007
There are many sad stories to be found among the migrant workers who seek their fortunes overseas. Sometimes the reality turns out to be far removed from the dream. Some come home injured and traumatized by rape, others return empty-handed because their employers never paid them or because they were subjected to extortion by officials and scalpers upon their arrival in Indonesia. Some of them come home with HIV/AIDS. But for them, giving up is not an option. These are stories of those who refused to stay in the dark.
24 April 2006
An opinion-editorial by Tauvik Muhamad, Programme Officer, ILO-Jakarta, capturing pros and cons debates on flexible labour market. The opinion article was published by the Jakarta Post on 24 April.