Jan 27, 2023 Last Updated 12:03 AM, Jan 26, 2023

Work

Floating World

See the world and be exploited

A new tactical toolkit

The labour movement successfully adopted new tactics in their campaign for social security reform

Back on the streets

A national strike shows that workers are once again a significant force  

Prosperity denied

Mining is booming in East Nusa Tenggara, but where is the wealth going?

Eager to work

The value of children’s paid work on Lombok’s tobacco plantations presents a challenge to emotive arguments for the wholesale banning of child labour

Costly inducements

Pocket money given to intending migrant domestic workers comes at a price

A matter of luck

Migrant domestic workers aspire to more than their home communities can offer and are willing to take risks to change their lives

Leaving Indonesia

As this edition shows, the choices faced by those who leave Indonesia for work are anything but simple

Learning to lead

Against the odds, Indonesian domestic workers have achieved real change in Hong Kong

Global fashion, remixed

Indie designers rework commercial iconography – and the business of clothing production

When is a public holiday not a holiday?

The 100 year anniversary of Indonesia’s ‘National Awakening’ fails to inspire

Policy drift

Ten years after Suharto, the economy is not recovering fast enough

€˜Go home, tourist!€™

In Kuta, a local surfer has found that it is worthwhile to share waves with tourists.

Sand rafts - a photo essay

Along the Opak River in Pundong, near Bantul, Yogyakarta, locals trade their sweat for a pile of sand.

Politics of symbolism

Unionists express their disgust at local government’s failure to look after the interests of workers

Post-bomb lessons

Strategic planning for disaster remains a low priority for the central government, despite the lessons learned in the aftermath of the Bali bombings.

Glass ceiling in government

Women in the Ministry of Finance face significant obstacles to advancement

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.

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