News and press releases

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


  1. Partnership between Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Industry: Key to workplace readiness

    03 July 2020

    Indonesian government, businesses and technical vocational education and training providers are facing the challenge of high levels of youth unemployment and a shortage of job seekers with critical skills, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ILO with its social partners discuss some ways to tackle this problem.

  2. Engaging industrial sectors to address skills mismacth and economy recovery

    30 June 2020

    Engagement of industries is the key for enhancing skills development. Indonesia, with support from the ILO, have promoted greater partnership with industrial sectors to address skills gap and mistmacth as part of the economic recovery after the pandemic.

  3. Indonesian trade unions take an active role in skills and employment development

    25 June 2020

    Trade unions have an important, strategic role in contributing to skills development programme and in addressing youth unemployment. Six trade unions confederations, with support from the ILO, have developed their position paper to be part of the regulation formulation on skills development.

  4. Towards skilful generation of Indonesia through enhanced online vocational learning

    22 June 2020

    Responding to the growing importance of digital distance vocational learning in Indonesia as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ILO in collaboration with the Australian Embassy in Indonesia are organizing a series of weekly webinar on this issue from June to August. These series of webinars aim to strengthen Indonesia’s skills development programme and to build competent, ready-to-work generation.

  5. Social media campaign to promote social dialogue and OSH in the garment industry during the COVID-19 pandemic

    17 June 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the garment industry and its supply chains. The ILO/IFC’s Better Work Indonesia (BWI) programme has conducted an advocacy and awareness raising campaign to promote win-win solutions for both management and workers on issues related with wages, benefits and occupational safety and health (OSH).

  6. Indonesia strengthen its efforts to combat child labour as an impact of the pandemic

    16 June 2020

    To commemorate the World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL), relevant national stakeholders examined ways to tackle the threat of COVID-19 to the increased child labour.

  7. The fight of child labour in Timor-Leste starts from the families

    15 June 2020

    In conjunction with the commemoration of the World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL), the government of Timor-Leste called for the important role of the families in combating child labour, particularly during the pandemic.

  8. ILO team up with trade unions to protect fishers from COVID-19 pandemic and human trafficking

    12 June 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the vulnerability of fishers and make them at higher risks of being trapped in human trafficking. The ILO team up with trade unions in fishing sector to raise their awareness about the pandemic and the danger of trafficking.

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    Realizing an inclusive workplace in Indonesia’s new normal

    11 June 2020

    Many persons with disabilities come into the COVID-19 crisis already facing significant exclusion in all areas of the world of work. The new normal may have provide a greater opportunity to realize inclusive workplace.

  10. Ensuring business continuity of SMEs as the backbone of Indonesian economy

    08 June 2020

    Indonesian key labour actors discussed steps and programmes to assist small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) ensuring their business continuity based on the key findings of the ILO’s latest enterprise survey. SMEs are the backbone for Indonesian economy.