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. Survey on social security for informal economy workers: looking for flexible and highly targeted programmes

    17 June 2009

    In Indonesia only 17 per cent of the employed population enjoys formal social security of which a fraction works in the informal economy. With respect to health, the coverage has recently been substantially expanded through the Jamkesmas/Askeskin programme targeting poor households. However, social security for informal economy workers, more than two-thirds of all workers, leaves still a great deal to be desired. In terms of solutions, the Constitution is explicit in that it emphasizes the role of the State in providing universal social security coverage.

  2. World Day Against Child Labour 2009: Government of Indonesia – ILO to tackle female child Labour

    15 June 2009

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) in Indonesia will join with governments, national confederations, academic institutions, NGOs, and other key constituents in organizing a national march against child labour on Sunday, 21 June 2009, from 07.00am – 12.00pm, at West Gate of Senayan Main Stadium, Jakarta. The march will start at two starting points: Atma Jaya University and the Ministry of National Education.

  3. World Day Against Child Labour 2009: ILO says crisis increases risk of girls becoming child labourers

    10 June 2009

    The global financial crisis could push an increasing number of children, particularly girls, into child labour, according to a new report issued by the International Labour Office (ILO) for the World Day Against Child Labour on June 12. The report will be nationally launched to the mass media in Indonesia on Thursday, 11 June 2009, at the ILO Jakarta Office, Menara Thamrin level 22, Jl. M.H Thamrin Kav. 3, Jakarta, from 10.30am to 13.00 pm.

  4. ILO sponsors the Bromo Agrofestival 2009 in Pasuruan

    29 May 2009

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) supports the launch of the first Bromo Agrofestival to be held in Nongkojajar, Pasuruan District, East Java, from May 30 to June 7, 2009. This festival promotes local produce and offers an opportunity for local communities to promote their region and its tourism facilities – including the Bromo-Semeru-Tengger National Park.

  5. The Launch of 2009 Global Report on Forced Labour: Abolishing forced labour in Indonesia through the establishment of international standard-setting on domestic workers

    15 May 2009

    In a new study on the patterns of forced labour worldwide, the International Labour Office (ILO) says the “opportunity cost” of coercion to the workers affected reaches over USD 20 billion per year. The report, entitled The Cost of Coercion, also details the growing number of unethical, fraudulent and criminal practices that can lead people into situations of forced labour, and calls for increased efforts to eradicate the practices.

  6. The World Day for Safety and Health at Work: Empowering unions to tackle the spread of the avian influenza virus in workplaces

    27 April 2009

    As of 23 April 2009, 141 people in Indonesia have been infected by the avian flu virus (H5N1), of whom 115 died (fatality rate 81 percent). This makes Indonesia the highest in the world in terms of numbers of human cases. Workers and employers in workplaces have a risk of getting infected. At the same time, the workplace can be used as an important start in promoting awareness to prevent the spread of the avian influenza virus.

  7. Commemoration of the ILO 90 Years: Promoting youth employment, it is everybody’s business

    22 April 2009

    The world is facing a growing youth unemployment crisis. The latest ILO data indicates that out of the world’s estimated 190.2 million unemployed people in 2008, around nearly 75.9 millions are aged between 15 and 24. In many economies, young people are more than three times likely to be unemployed than adults but in Indonesia youth are five times more likely to be unemployed than their adult counterparts.

  8. The impact of the financial crisis to Indonesian migrant workers in East Java

    21 April 2009

    In times of economic crisis, migrant workers are often the group of workers most vulnerable to adverse impact, as they tend to have the most insecure terms of employment. As it turns out, the current global economic crisis is no different, as migrant workers of various nationalities find themselves on the receiving end of the downturn.

  9. Commemoration of ILO 90 Years: ILO – Ministry of Manpower to hold joint tripartite dialogue and photo exhibition

    20 April 2009

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) will mark its 90th anniversary with a world-wide series of activities, including a high-level event in collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration (MoMT): a joint photo exhibition and a tripartite dialogue.

  10. Tackling youth unemployment through youth entrepreneurship

    14 April 2009

    The promotion of youth employment is one of the most critical challenges Indonesia is facing today. Nearly 2 million Indonesian young women and men enter the labour market each year. Nationwide, Indonesia’s youth is six times more likely than adults to be without work, representing an alarming youth employment rate of 31%. As a result, the full potential of the majority of Indonesian youth is not being realized because they do not have access to productive jobs.