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ILO, trade unions launch grievance applications for Indonesian garment workers

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JAKARTA – The International Labour Organization (ILO), along with three trade unions on garment, on Sunday, May 26, 2024, launched a grievance application for the Indonesian garment workers.

The ILO through its Strengthening Industrial Relations in Indonesia (SIRI) project has developed the application in partnership with the National Trade Union (SPN), the Garment and Textile Trade Union Federation (Garteks) and the Textile, Garment and Leather Trade Union Federation (FSP-TSK).

These three federations are part of the national trade union confederations. The SPN is affiliated to the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Union (KSPI), while Garteks to the Confederation of All Trade Union (KSBSI) and FSP-TSK to the Confederation of All Indonesian Trade Union (KSPSI).

The ILO’s SIRI project has developed an exclusive application for each federation applying and tailoring their own unique identity and specific needs. The applications are named SoPaN SPN, Teman Garteks and Hallo Siola.

These applications were launched by Elly Rosita Silaban, President of KSBSI; Andi Gani Nana Wea, President of KSPSI; Ramidi, KSPI Secretary General; and Simrin Singh, ILO Country Director for Indonesia and Timor-Leste.

These applications are created to facilitate the flow of complaints and the submission of aspirations from the federations’ members and/or non-members. The applications are simple and easy to access. Once the application is downloaded from Google Play for free, the users can simply fill in the general information to create an account. Afterward, they can easily report their complaints and/or convey their aspirations by filling out the provided forms and necessary supporting evidence in the forms of photos, videos and documents.

The submitted complaints or aspirations would be reviewed and verified by the union administrators who would take necessary actions including negotiation and mediation actions with the management for win-win solutions. These follow-up actions are aspired to make working environment more productive and better.

“Effective grievance mechanisms are essential for resolving conflicts through dialogues and negotiations and for promoting a conducive working environment for sustainable businesses. Therefore, these grievance applications demonstrate the continuous support of the ILO to ensure the realization of labour rights as part of the elements of decent work such as decent working hours, social protection, occupational safety and health (OSH), wages and so forth,” Simrin Singh said in a statememnt on Monday.

Meanwhile, Elly Rosita Silaban, President of KSBSI, hoped that these applications could be replicated to other sectors and could also widely involve other confederations and federations. “This innovative application is important for Indonesian workers as this can be accessed by workers nationwide and since the application also maintains workers’ confidentiality, this application can strongly encourage workers to speak up and fight for their labour rights,” she said.

In addition, Andi Gani Nana Wea, President of KSPSI, said that the application is a complimentary of a recently established Special Employment Crime Unit on Labour and Employment Disputes by the Indonesian Police.

To date, the ILO’s SIRI Project has trained a total of 477 union administrators from the three federations to equip them with skills needed to provide adequate services in handling cases and aspirations from members and non-members.

Funded by the Canadian Government, the ILO’s SIRI Project aims to build the capacity of garment sector workers and their representatives to effectively organize and represent all workers in Indonesia’s garment sector and participate more actively and inclusively in key national policy advocacy.

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