Jakarta. Indonesia was re-elected as a member of the International Labor Organization's governing body for another three years on Monday (12/06), the Permanent Mission of Indonesia in Geneva said in a statement.
Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri said Indonesia's appointment is an international recognition of its active role and contribution to decent working conditions.
As a member of the governing body, Indonesia will be able to push programs in line with its national interests and bridge the interests of other countries which are not members of ILO's governing body.
"ILO's governing body has a strategic role in the organization, so many countries compete to become a member. As a member, Indonesia can push its national interests and the interests of its neighbors in the region," the Indonesian Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Hasan Kleib, said.
The governing body shapes the ILO's policies, schedules its conferences, adopts its programs and budget, and elects its director general.
The body comprises 56 titular members representing 28 governments, 14 organizations of employers and 14 workers unions, and 66 deputy members representing 28 governments, 19 employers and 19 workers unions.
Confederation of Indonesian Worker's Unions (KSPI) chairman Said Iqbal was also appointed as a deputy member in the workers' group.
The election to the governing body took place during the 106th Session of the ILO Conference in Geneva, during which delegates representing workers, employers and governments from ILO's 187 member states gathered to discuss the challenges facing labor, including migration, climate change and occupational safety and health.