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Indonesian workers demand social security for all
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Jun '11
Indonesian and global unions reject speech given by Indonesian President Yudhoyono at the International Labour Conference on June 14, stating it does not reflect the reality of the situation in Indonesia, and call for comprehensive social security for all.

Indonesian unions criticized their government for not ensuring comprehensive social security for all Indonesian people as mandated in the Global Jobs Pact that was adopted by the International Labour Organization in 2009 and supported by the Indonesian government.

The unions' criticism was in response to an address given by the President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, to a special session of the 100th International Labour Conference (ILC) on June 14, 2011 on the effects of the global economic crisis.

In a statement submitted to the ILC by Indonesian trade unions and supported by the International Metalworkers' Federation (IMF), the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM) and the International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation (ITGLWF), the unions demanded that the Indonesian government comply with the Global Jobs Pact by providing comprehensive social security for all Indonesian people.

The statement points out that, “the people of Indonesia continue to face problems of low wages which are not comparable with the needs of a decent standard of living, unsafe working conditions with the expansion of contract work and outsourcing and the absence of comprehensive social security for all people.”

“In the context of social welfare, Indonesia is the most backward country in Southeast Asia in terms of delivering comprehensive social security for their people, in contradiction to the second portfolio of the Global Jobs Pact itself to “build a social protection system”,” continues the statement.

The unions argue that the existing Constitution of Indonesia and supporting legislation provides the basis for providing five social insurance programs covering health and accident insurance, pensions, retirement security and life insurance, but require the government to re-orientate the responsible state agencies to function on a not for profit basis.

The statement was signed by nine Indonesian trade union members of the Action Committee for Social Security (KAJS) which is actively campaigning in Indonesia for improved social security, particularly health insurance for life and a mandatory pension fund for all.

International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation (ITGLWF)

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