What is decent work?

Informal meetings with young women on "What is decent work? and whether you have decent work?"

Informal meetings with young women: "What is decent work? Do you have decent work?"

As part of the Decisions for Life campaign, KSBSI organised the following:

  • 2-days informal meetings with young women: "What is decent work? Do you have decent work?"
  • brochure dissemination in a shopping mall and university.
  • A joint training with ASPEK

World Day for Decent Work – 7 October 2010 Jakarta, Indonesia

For most of Indonesian people, date of 7 October is just another ordinary day. People woke up early in the morning to catch the terrible traffic to get to their office on time and then worked as usual. After all day of work, going home is what every worker wants to do. But, in Jakarta there are some of them that prefer to wait for the rush hour traffic to subside by going around a mall near their office and do sightseeing. Those who went around the mall of Plaza Semanggi on 7 October 2010, got something different. They found out that the day they just passed was not just another ordinary day, it’s World Day for Decent Work. The DFL team that consist of KSBSI team, ASPEK team, Gajimu team, and university students were disseminating brochure and other campaign material related to DFL, also promoting the World Day for Decent Work. They were surprised that there’s a day dedicated for decent work. They were happy that there’s a concern about decent work in Indonesia. While DFL team were disseminating the campaign materials, the team were amazed by the enthusiasm from the people that asked more details about decent work and material content in the brochure. That made DFL team had to spend more time in doing the activity. The activity was conducted in Plaza Semanggi mall, a mall that placed among office building in the main business district in Jakarta. Beside people who were enthusiastic to the DFL and gajimu campaign materials, DFL team had also to face people who were ignorance. There were even workers that were afraid to be taken in the picture because they thought that their office management might see their face in some news or media related to worker’s right struggle and that made them afraid to lose their job. Apart from the dissemination of campaign material, DFL team received many responds from DFL member about decent work via cyber messenger and email. The following is the result:


  1. What is decent work for you?
  2. What is your expectation from World Day for Decent Work for Indonesian workers?


  • Retno, 25 y.o , Marketing of KFC Indonesia: Decent work means a work that can give you prosperity and enable to improve your self. For example, if your job is boring like data entrying but you get highly paid for that, that’s for me still considered decent. But another example is when your salary is low but your job is interesting where you are put to travel and meet people like journalist, that is also decent. At least you get one of the benefits, either prosperity or self improvement. My current job is not decent for me, because my salary is low and it’s boring.


  • Isabella, 25 y.o , Head of LIA English Course Branch Medan, Sumatera: I hope that World Day for Decent Work can really make a realistic program for the improvement of Indonesian worker condition. I am concerned about the wage of Indonesian workers. There are some that still earn wage lower than provincial minimum wage, or the wage being late paid by the company even worse not getting paid.


  • Sekar Ayu, 23 y.o , Language Teacher: In my opinion, decent work is a work where we get a balance between what what we do and what we get.


  • Regina, 22 y.o , Student of University Indonesia: Decent work is a work that gives us opportunity to develop and improve our selves, and the most important thing is that decent work means decent wage.


  • Andwi Larasati, 25 y.o , Journalist of HAI Magazine: The impact of the labour day is not significant in Indonesia. We can see from the Indonesian workers condition right now that don’t have decent work yet, especially in the social security. Decent work for me is a work where the workers are not feeling forced to do the work, that they feel happy in doing the work. It will be even better when it has appropriate wage according the worker’s skill


  • Andi Rifaterry, 25 y.o: In my point of view, decent work relates to three things which are working hours, decent wage, and a reasonable overtime payment.


  • Nidaan Khofiya, 25 y,o Teller of Bank Jabar: May Day or any other labor day will not give any impact to the workers condition if there’s no good program with it. What’s important for me is that as an outsourced worker, I really want the outsourcing system to be disallowed in Indonesia. And decent work for me means decent wage.


  • Muhammad Iqbal, 26 y.o , Graduate Student: It’s very good that there is now a World Day for Decent Work, so that there will be more attention from the government, employer, and people about the welfare of the Indonesian workers. And decent work for, as also for many Indonesian, is when you have fix income every month so we feel secure.


  • Nila, 25 y.o , Marketing Coordinator: We can call a work is decent work when there’s a balance between our job responsibility and the income. Working environment is also a factor that is considered to have a decent work, where there is a gender equality in the company and no sexual harassment.


  • Farida Fasya, 26 y.o , Marketing of Bank Jabar:Celebration day is not giving any impact to the worker condition, only an exposure of the World Day for Decent Work, unless it carries a specific theme or goal for example “strike for human outsourcing that benefits the employer and vendors only”. Decent work for me is a work that doesn’t only give us income every month but also provides us a good health insurance,career rank, clear company regulation, good working environment, also a good company culture.


  • Irena Fatma, 25 y.o , Media: Decent work is a work that can make me prosperous and safe, also that can me want to improve my self over and over again.


  • Meydina Andries, 25 y.o , Human Resource Consultant: Decent work means decent working environment and decent salary. Also when our effort of making good job is respected by the company, including the complying of our rights at the workplace. Liantin Arie Maharina, 23 y.o , Account Manager For me, decent work means decent wage, decent working environment including good relationship with colleagues, decent facilities for workers such as transportation allowance,health, and social security, also as minimum as possible no political office issue at work.


  • Dyah Ayu, 24 y.o , Account Executive B, Integrated: The kind of labor celebration day gives no impact for me, even until now May Day doesn’t make any difference for the improvement of the implementation of Workers Rights Regulation in Indonesia. There are still many violence of workers rights here. For me, decent work means equality between our work effort and the income.


  • Ali, 27 y.o , Financial Advisor: Decent work is a work that we enjoy to do. That we are always motivated to make the best of it everyday. Also that work must be permitted by my religion Islam. Beside all that, a decent work is also when we have a leader in our workplace that is always willing to help the subordinates.


  • Febrial Andromeda, 30 y.o , Creative Designer: We can say our job as a decent job when our time and effort to do the job is appreciated by a decent or proper salary. The main point of decent work is decent wage, whatever the job is.


  • Aditya Julifariza , 26 y.o , Private Sector Employee: I think that every employer must consider the rights if their workers, like salary, insurance, and the status of the employees. Because this status put the workers to get different rights, in this case the gap between the contracted workers and permanent workers. Also the companies must inform a clear period of contract (whether the contract 3 months, six months or even one year. My expectation from World Day for Decent Work (WDDW) is that it can motivate Indonesian workers to fight for their rights. Here I give an example of Indonesian worker condition (true story): Employee”A” works in Company “X” with outsourced worker status . She has worked there for 1.5 years. Since there’s no clarification of her getting the permanent worker status, then she decided to resign and to take an offering from other company with a permanent status. But when she wanted to resign, her boss told her to do the 3 months probation to get the promotion to be permanent worker because the boss likes her working performance. Of course she was very happy about it. During the probation, she was considered qualified and responsive. After the 3 months probation, when she was expecting the promotion, the boss gave the bad evaluation about her working performance: I think you are not qualified, so you can not become permanent employee, and you still have to wait and try another probation and to stay as outsourced worker. She was definitely disappointed. I see this as an injustice for the “A”, because she was treated unfair by the company.If she knew that the result would be like that, it’s better that she resigned from before and took the offering from the other company. Hopefully, WDDW can help workers that experience this kind of problem with the company and that there will be more attention to the workers rights.



Thousands of 'Young Women' reached through the Decisions for Life campaign

Angola 109 70 0 179
Mozambique 296 36 0 332
South Africa 606 1840 2554 5000
Zambia 83 21 0 104
Zimbabwe 16 637 0 653
Brazil 1199 60 5170 6429
India 94 1015 3500 4609
Indonesia 254 81 1000 1335
NIS Countries
Azerbaijan 408 360 172 940
Belarus 2314 5380 68000 75694
Kazakhstan 1186 0 640 1826
Ukraine 649 68 550 1267
TOTAL 7214 9568 81586 98368