September 16, 2019
 In 2024-Right to Organize

Topic: 2024-Right to Organize
Country: Indonesia
Delegate Name: Shangyang Xia

The right to organize, enshrined in various International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions since its inception in 1919, remains a fundamental principle in promoting workers’ rights and ensuring their collective voice in the workplace. However, despite its longstanding recognition, the implementation of this right continues to encounter significant challenges worldwide.

In many regions, certain categories of workers, including public servants, seafarers, and those in export processing zones, face prohibitions on their right to organize. Moreover, organizers are often subjected to harassment, imprisonment, or even violence. Indonesia acknowledges the gravity of such violations and condemns any actions that impede workers’ ability to freely organize and collectively bargain for their rights, resources, and fair pay.

The Committee on Freedom of Association plays a crucial role in addressing complaints related to the right to organize. Indonesia recognizes the importance of this committee’s work in reviewing cases of violations and providing recommendations to governments. However, we emphasize the need for swift and decisive action to address these violations and ensure accountability for perpetrators.

Obstacles to the right to organize extend beyond attacks on individuals to include governmental interference such as the seizure of union property, freezing of bank assets, and denial of license renewals. Indonesia believes that such actions undermine the principles of democracy and the rule of law, and must be addressed through concerted efforts by governments, employers, and employees.

To protect and strengthen the right to organize, Indonesia advocates for greater collaboration between all stakeholders. Governments must enact and enforce laws that safeguard workers’ rights to organize and collectively bargain. Employers should respect these rights and engage in meaningful dialogue with workers’ representatives. Similarly, employees must be empowered to exercise their rights without fear of reprisal or intimidation.

Furthermore, Indonesia recognizes the interconnectedness of national policies and the global right to organize. We believe that international cooperation is essential in promoting and protecting workers’ rights across borders. By sharing best practices and coordinating efforts, countries can create a conducive environment for the exercise of the right to organize on a global scale.

In conclusion, Indonesia reaffirms its commitment to upholding the right to organize as a fundamental human right. We call upon all member states to take concrete actions to address violations, promote dialogue and cooperation among stakeholders, and ensure that workers can exercise their rights freely and without fear. Only through collective action can we truly advance the cause of social justice and uphold the dignity of workers worldwide.

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