Indonesia

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Solidarity Center’s Indonesia program includes a strong advocacy component that involves working with unions to engage international corporate supply chain stakeholders and legal tools to advance and protect workers’ legal rights.

 

In Indonesia, the Solidarity Center seeks to increase the capacity of unions and human rights groups to empower workers, including those in the garment, palm oil, extractive and public sectors, so they have a voice in working conditions and can better provide for their families in a global economy rife with inequality.

The Solidarity Center provides training for workers and their unions in addressing and preventing sexual harassment and other forms of gender-based violence at work, and supports local partners in stemming the trend toward short-term employment contracts that offer no job security, social benefit protections or decent wages.

Solidarity Center’s Indonesia program also contains a strong advocacy component that involves working with unions to engage international corporate supply chain stakeholders, the media and domestic and international legal tools to advance and protect workers’ legal rights. The Solidarity Center conducts programs and advocacy around Just Transition—active engagement of actors in the world of work to promote sustainable development—in both the palm oil and extractive sectors, and provides training and support to Indonesian migrant workers and local government officials on human trafficking and worker rights.

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[The Straits Times] Indonesia’s Labor Laws Discourage Investment and Leave Workers Worse Off: Experts

Even so, David Welsh, country director of Southeast Asia of the Solidarity Center, a nonprofit aligned with the U.S.-based labor federation AFL-CIO, said the reforms, in the garment sector at least, risk amounting to a “race to the bottom”–slashing benefits to appease big international brands that can afford to pay. During the three months ended August–the most recent data available–Sweden’s H&M, which has manufacturing facilities in Indonesia, reported a gross profit margin of 50 percent before tax.

In Our Own Words: Women Address Gender-Based Violence in Garment Factories in Indonesia

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Core Labor Rights in Indonesia: A Survey of Violations in the Formal Sector (2010)

This survey of labor rights in Indonesia finds that although improvements have been made since the fall of the Suharto government, serious violations persist, including: discrimination against women in the workplace; anti-union discrimination by employers;...
Trafficking of Women and Children in Indonesia (2003)

Trafficking of Women and Children in Indonesia (2003)

"Trafficking of Women and Children in Indonesia" examines the many forms of human labor trafficking, their causes and the demographics fueling the rise of women and children in forced and exploitative labor. Download here.    

From Haiti to Kenya, Unions Take Action on COVID-19

From Haiti to Kenya, Unions Take Action on COVID-19

Just as the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the massive global economic and social inequality around the world, with workers in the informal economy and supply chains, and  migrant workers—many of whom are women—especially marginalized, so, too, does it...

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