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. World Day Against Child Labour 2013: Say no to child labour in domestic work

    10 June 2013

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) in Indonesia, in collaboration with JARAK, the Alliance of the Elimination of Child Labour, will join with governments, employers’ organizations, NGOs, and other key constituents, including child labourers, in organizing a national action against child domestic workers on Wednesday, 12 June 2013, from 08.00am – 11.00am, at HI roundabouts, Jakarta.

  2. ASEAN countries team up to tackle youth unemployment

    13 May 2013

    Indonesia, supported by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and ASEAN Secretariat, is hosting a one-day ASEAN Forum on Youth Employment on Monday, 13 May 2013, in Semarang, Central Java.

  3. Better protecting Indonesian migrant workers through bilateral and multilateral agreements

    08 May 2013

    As the second largest sending country, some 700,000 documented Indonesian migrant workers leave the country for work abroad, primarily in East and South East Asia as well as the Middle East. Of these, 78 per cent work as domestic workers.

  4. Providing better financial access to Indonesian micro and small enterprises

    06 May 2013

    Microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Indonesia have significant potential to create jobs and reduce poverty by providing access to a range of financial services. The sector is gearing up for exponential growth and expected to reach more people in urban and rural areas with their microfinance products.

  5. ILO: Better Work Indonesia helps to stamp out fire risks in partner factories

    26 April 2013

    When a fire tore through a footwear factory in Jakarta in 2010, four people died. They became trapped between the flames and a locked emergency exit. In Bangladesh, locked emergency exits were partly to blame for 112 fatalities during a massive garment factory fire in 2012.

  6. Strengthening business resilience of Indonesian small and medium enterprises in the face of disaster

    15 April 2013

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are vulnerable to various types and forms of threats, dangers or crisis. The recent flood emergency in Jakarta in early 2013, for example, had severely hurt businesses, particularly SMEs. Floods had destroyed SMEs’ business assets and disrupted their business continuity, which in turn would put them at risk of losing their businesses and falling into poverty.

  7. Further efforts needed to work towards a sustainable and equitable economy, Says New ILO Report

    04 April 2013

    While the world economy still struggles to recover from the economic crisis, the overall outlook for Indonesia in 2012 was largely positive thanks to the country’s strong focus on the development of economic infrastructure to address constraints to growth as well as robust household consumption and growing investment.

  8. Workshop on South-to-South Cooperation in Combating Child Labour

    11 March 2013

    The workshop, hosted by the ILO Jakarta Office, took place from 4 to 6 March 2013. It was attended by tripartite delegations from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Philippines, Viet Nam and Timor-Leste. The activity was organized within the framework of the project “Combating Child Labour through Education”, which is supported by the Government of the Netherlands.

  9. ILO: Better Work Indonesia Strives to End Workplace Harassment

    08 March 2013

    A worker is offered better hours or more money in return for sexual favours; a manager pinches the bottom of a worker; a worker spreads malicious rumours about a fellow co-worker. These are all forms of harassment, and are common in one form or another in many Indonesian garment factories.

  10. South-to-South Cooperation Regional Workshop: Marking the regional efforts to end child labour by 2016

    04 March 2013

    Key leaders representing government, employers, trade unions and other relevant stakeholders from six countries will meet at Hotel Balairung Jakarta, Monday (4/3), to look at ways of strengthening South-to-South cooperation in combating child labour.