ILO must realize social justice in the workplace: Minister Bousia

Jakarta (Antara) – Indonesian Manpower Minister Aida Faucia urged the International Labor Organization (ILO) to develop a skills strategy and accelerate education and training programs to realize social justice in the workforce.

„I encourage the ILO and its members to develop a strong skills strategy and accelerate future-proof education and training programmes,” Minister Fauziyah said in a statement received here on Tuesday.

Delivering the national address at the 111th International Labor Conference (ILC) held in Geneva, Switzerland, Minister Bousia stressed the need to consider three aspects in upholding social justice in the workplace.

The first aspect he emphasized was the importance of full and productive employment and lifelong learning.

The second point is that revitalizing labor market institutions is key to reducing labor inequality.

„There should be social dialogue to ensure fair access and benefits to vulnerable workers such as migrant workers, agricultural and health sector workers, disabled workers and women workers and young workers,” the minister said.

A third area of ​​focus is improving quality and conditions in the workplace by protecting workers and supporting equitable change due to climate change.

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He stressed the need for workers’ access to comprehensive social protection through the involvement of all stakeholders and broad international cooperation.

During this, Minister Baucia also noted that Indonesia has taken concrete steps to promote social justice at the national level.

„Indonesia continues to improve employment programs, policies and strategies to reduce the unemployment rate, create decent jobs, and make the labor market more inclusive and sustainable,” affirmed Fauzia.

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In addition, Indonesia has revitalized vocational education and training through lifelong learning, developed an expanded G20 skills strategy and pushed for the harmonization of skills training standards and professional certification systems in ASEAN.

At the annual forum, Minister Faucia underlined Indonesia’s commitment to promoting social dialogue with stakeholders based on freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining.

„This includes the formulation of a job creation law aimed at creating and increasing employment opportunities and providing better protection to workers,” he said.

Minister Baucia emphasized Indonesia’s full commitment to supporting the work of the ILO.

He called on all ILO members to engage in constructive and constructive cooperation and encouraged the ILO to focus and accommodate the concerns of all members in a balanced and fair manner on the basis of international consensus.

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Translated by: Jubi Mahrofi, Katriana
Editor: Uni Arisanti Sinaga
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