INDONESIA: Garment factories fall short on health and safety
Garment factories in Indonesia continue to suffer from high levels of non-compliance on occupational safety and health (OSH) issues, according to a new report.
The findings come in a report compiled by Better Work Indonesia (BWI), a partnership of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation tasked with improving performance and competitiveness in Indonesia’s garment sector, while also improving compliance.
The report found that while there were high levels of OSH non-compliance across the garment sector in 2013, there had been a gradual improvement for factories taking part in their second year of services.
However, OSH management systems were mostly weak, with little improvement in emergency preparedness causing particular concern for BWI.
To address this, BWI is joining forces with Indonesia’s Ministry of Manpower to adapt OSH general expert training and to provide additional support to factory once training is over.
BWI said employers were also still finding it difficult to meet the legally required 1% quota of staff with disabilities, but continued efforts had led to two factories now meeting the target.
Meanwhile, workers continue to be incorrectly remunerated, especially for overtime, with a BWI production specialist set to work with a pilot factory to help managers correctly define daily production quotas.
Finally, the ILO-supported Garment Sector Trade Unions Programme will continue to strengthen the ability of factory trades unions to negotiate on their members’ behalf.
In non-unionised factories, more support is needed to strengthen the ability of worker representatives to negotiate issues on behalf of their colleagues, BWI said.
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