Jun 30, 2022 Last Updated 4:52 AM, Jun 27, 2022

Labour Rights

Strong women, strong unions

Women are challenging the stereotypes that have long defined Indonesian unionists.

An unlikely unionist

Inspired by television and Muchtar Pakpahan, a traditional fisherman decides it’s time to act.

Children at work

Officially, 2.4 million Indonesian children work in factories or on the streets, instead of being at school. Unofficially, the number could be 10 million. SHARON BESSELL talks with some working children, and asks what is being done.

Myth of the effective little NGO

Making idealism work is very hard. NORI ANDRIYANI, with extraordinary honesty, tells why.

Regulate or abolish?

Should child labour be abolished or regulated? WENDY MILLER spoke with activist ARIST MERDEKA SIRAIT during the Child Labour Conference at Melbourne's Monash University.

The walking ghosts of West Java

PETER HANCOCK finds that women in a rural Nike factory are considerably worse off than those who work in other factories.

Gone fishing

AHMAD SOFIAN explores the lives of young people on hundreds of isolated fishing platforms in the Malacca Straits

What about the workers?

Now is the time to create a fairer system

Labour loses - again

The elections show that Indonesian workers are not yet a major political presence

From workers' rights to democracy

From workers’ rights to democracy

We can do anything

Workers with soul take their message to the kampung

From migrant worker to union organiser

A farmer’s daughter takes control and makes a difference

The fight for women's rights

It’s been a long struggle trying to get unions to listen to women

Beyond the factory

Fauzi Abdullah reflects on more than a quarter of a century of organising

Union conflict

Greater freedom to organise also means more opportunity for division

Workers in politics

Why is organised labour missing from the democracy movement?

Corporate social responsibility?

Just a public relations exercise that undermines workers’ rights

United we stand?

Indonesia’s labour movement needs to consolidate the gains of 1998

Unions act globally

Workers unite to win severance pay for retrenched Securicor Indonesia employees.

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