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.

2008

  1. Migrant domestic workers: Dreams washed away by tears

    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.

  2. Covering the uncovered: Making Indonesian social security work

    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.

  3. Skills training providing blacksmiths with tools for success

    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.

2007

  1. Peace, security and work in Timor-Leste

    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.

  2. Migration and HIV: They never give up

    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.

2006

  1. Is a flexible labor market stabilizing unemployment or a rigid thing?

    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.