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. Tackling child labour through Public-Private-Local Community Partnership

    21 June 2011

    Child labour remains a significant problem in Indonesia. The 2010 National Child Labour Survey showed that 4 million children are working and 1.7 million of them are child labourers, with work that affect negatively their well being, their safety and their capacity to benefit from normal schooling.

  2. World Day against Child Labour: Warning! Children in hazardous work! End child labour!

    10 June 2011

    In a new report issued for World Day Against Child Labour, the International Labour Organization (ILO) warns that a staggeringly high number of children are still caught in hazardous work – some 115 million of the world’s 215 million child labourers – and calls for urgent action to halt the practice. The report, “Children in hazardous work: what we know, what we need to do,” cites studies from both industrialized and developing countries indicating that every minute of every day, a child labourer somewhere in the world suffers a work-related accident, illness or psychological trauma.

  3. ILO and BP sign a Public Private Partnership agreement in Indonesia

    01 June 2011

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) and BP have signed a Public Private Partnership (PPP) agreement to promote employability and entrepreneurship among Papuan youth in Bintuni Bay Area, West Papua, an emerging oil and gas cluster in Indonesia. The agreement was signed in Jakarta on 30 May by Mr Nico Kanter, Head of Country, BP Indonesia and Mr Peter van Rooij, Country Director of the ILO in Indonesia.

  4. Indonesia to improve its tourism statistics to create better jobs in tourism industry

    26 May 2011

    Tourism plays a key role in the economic development of Indonesia. Last year, the contribution of the tourism industry to the GDP was more than 3 per cent and the number of visitors to the country is also continuously growing, around 7 million foreign visitors in 2010 and more than 122 million domestic tourists in 2010.

  5. World Day for Safety and Health at Work: Preventing occupational accidents through OSH risk management

    26 April 2011

    Occupational safety and health (OSH) issues are not only the concerns of workers but also the employers. Globally, according to ILO data, an estimated 337 million workplace accidents and 2.3 million deaths occur every year. In addition, the data of the State-owned Enterprise for Workers’ Social Insurance (Jamsostek) revealed that around 0.7 per cent of Indonesian workers have experienced occupational accidents that have caused national financial losses of Rp 50 trillion.

  6. Economic growth alone is no guarantee for job-rich and inclusive growth, says new ILO report

    14 April 2011

    Despite the negative impact of the global financial crisis felt across the region, Indonesia maintained positive economic growth both in 2009 and 2010. The Indonesian Economy is forecasted to grow annually at over 6 per cent in the coming years. This accelerating growth alone is not panacea for various labour market challenges, a new report by the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Office for Indonesia says.

  7. ILO welcomes Indonesian Jobs Pact

    13 April 2011

    The International Labour Organization welcomed the signing of the Indonesian Jobs Pact designed to bring the benefits of economic growth to every citizen through the creation of decent and productive employment, making the Indonesian economy regionally competitive, while supporting the national policy goals.

  8. ILO-Bappeda to identify constraints to employment growth in Maluku

    08 April 2011

    The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Provincial Development Planning Agency (Bappeda) in Maluku will organize a training workshop on employment diagnostic analysis from 11 – 13 April 2011 at the Swiss-Bel Hotel, Ambon, Maluku. The workshop is aimed to identify the main challenges and opportunities for increasing productive employment in Maluku and to build capacity in employment diagnostic analysis among policymakers, social partners and academia as part of the efforts to boost employment growth in Maluku.

  9. Indonesia hosting an exchange of experiences of seven countries on how to boost productivity and competitiveness of small medium-enterprises

    01 April 2011

    Employing more than 95 per cent of the world’s working population, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the main source of employment in developing countries, including Indonesia, but many of these have been severely affected by the global economic crisis. In Indonesia, for example, more than 60 per cent of the labour force, is employed in SMEs. And, most Indonesian SMEs are vulnerable to external shocks and have been finding it difficult to sustain operations due to the global crisis.

  10. Building the commitment to reach a future without child labour in Jember, East Java

    31 March 2011

    Child labour is found in almost every district in Indonesia, including in Jember, East Java where child labour can be found in various sectors such as in agriculture, including plantations, as domestic workers and in (other parts of) the informal economy such as street children. In addition, with a high rate of migration, Jember district is also vulnerable to child trafficking.