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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. ILO to assist East Java develop a volcano theme park in Bromo-Semeru-Tengger National Park

    31 March 2009

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) through its Job Opportunities for Youth (JOY) project is actively promoting local economic development (LED) as an alternative development approach. To do so, the ILO operates in two districts of East Java, Malang and Pasuruan, where LED forums have been created and include members of the private sector, government and civil societies.

  8. Preventing harassment at the workplace

    20 March 2009

    Tripartite officials representing government, employers and trade unions will meet at Salak Hotel, Bogor (23-25 March), to look at ways of promoting better workplace through preventing harassment in the workplace. Workplace safety and productivity can be inhibited by prevailing discriminative treatments of workers that lead up to some forms of harassment. Attention to workplace harassment has traditionally been focused on physical violence/harassment.


  1. Australia provides support for youth employment in Timor-Leste

    09 May 2008

    The press release focuses on The YEP Programme which will provide job opportunities for up to 70,000 in-school and out-of-school young women and men across all districts through career guidance, self-employment promotion, and short-term employment creation.

  2. Situation of Indonesian, Vietnamese workers in Korea to be discussed at ILO meeting

    28 March 2008

    The recruitment process for Indonesian and Vietnamese migrant workers in the Republic of Korea will be discussed at two international meetings being organized by the ILO and the Government of Korea.