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.

2012

  1. The true sole of Indonesia’s child labourers

    21 October 2012

    Fans of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales may remember the story of “The Elves and the Shoemaker.” It was the tale of a humble shoemaker and his wife who struggled with business until mysterious elves came to help in the middle of the night. The elves made fancy shoes and the couple became the richest shoemakers in the country. And while the story is more than 200 years old, it still rings true, especially when looking at today’s fashion industry.

  2. Going international through ILO-SCORE Programme

    17 October 2012

    PT Mubarokfood Cipta Delicia in Kudus, Central Java, is one of the pilot enterprises of the ILO-SCORE programmes. After joining the ILO-SCORE programme in 2011, the company has witnessed increased productivity, better working conditions and improved communication between management and workers. Mubarokfood also managed to reduce the number of reworked and rejected products.

  3. Angela Friska: I am no longer ashamed of my disability

    15 October 2012

    Angela Friska is a disabled person working as a consultant whose specific assignment is to manage the program for disabled people in ILO-Better Work Indonesia. She has grown up with a hearing impairment, but her condition has not caused her to withdraw from her surroundings. To the contrary, her disability has encouraged her to relentlessly fight for the rights of disabled people to enjoy equal opportunities in employment.

  4. Lilis Suryani: “I want to share my knowledge and skills with my communities”

    20 September 2012

    The aftermath of the tsunami which hit the Mentawai Islands in 2010 had significant impact on local communities of Mentawai, including Lilis Suryani and her family. It became very difficult to attain a decent income as the residents from her village had relocated to higher ground, leaving their previous jobs in Bulasat village and resulting in a profit decrease. By Gita Lingga, the ILO's Communications Officer for Indonesia and Timor-Leste

  5. Investing in quality ‘second chance’ education

    12 July 2012

    An opinion-editorial by Dede Sudono, Project Officer of Child Labor and Education Programme, and Tauvik Muhamad, Programme Officer, ILO-Jakarta, focusing on the importance of 'second chance' education for Indonesian children in order to increase their employability and access to the future globalized labour market. The opinion article was published by the Jakarta Post on 12 July.

  6. 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.

  7. ‘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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.