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Promoting Youth Rights at Work: lessons learned from Indonesia and Jordan

Thursday, 25 June 2015 23:30 Written by 
  • Location(s): Jordan
  • Type(s): Solution
  • Theme(s): Employment, Youth Empowerment
  • SDG(s): 8. Decent Work and Economic
  • Locations in the Arab States: Jordan
  • Types in the Arab States: Solution
  • Themes in the Arab States: Employment, Youth Empowerment
  • SDGs in the Arab States: 8. Decent Work and Economic

The solution was initiated by the KSPSI Pasar Minggu, the KSPSI Kalibata, the KSPI and the KSBSI from the National Confederation of Trade Unions in Indonesia to enhance understanding of young people of their rights in the workplace and how to defend them through collective bargaining and protection of trade unions.

At the social level, the solution contributes to the work quality of young people by empowering them to defend their rights through developing a manual on youth rights at work and training/raising awareness of young people on their rights, entitlements, and responsibilities at work, and training of trainers on youth rights at work to serve as the core for establishing a national pool of trainers on youth rights at work.

At the institutional level, the solution promotes reviving the culture of youth rights at work, building capacities of trade unions and other parties, raising awareness of youth on labour rights and linking them to the decent work dimension in informal apprenticeship programs. 

To increase awareness of young people on rights as well as improve outreach of trade unions to the informal economy the solution provides the following user friendly tools:

  • Participatory approach in initiating and implementing the solution among trade unions and civil society organizations (CSOs).
  • The methodology and structure of the manual on youth rights based on learning outcomes and sub-outcomes
  • Training of trainers methodology to ensure sustainability of the solution in the future
  • Manuals for Indonesia developed by the trade unions and for the trade unions (see
  • A global manual with interactive exercises, to be adapted to each country, in order to integrate their national legal frameworks and existing collective agreements. 

The solution contributes to the Jordan`s National Agenda 2006-2015 under the theme u201cEmployment support and vocational trainingu201d with an aim to increase workforce employability, improve labour market productivity, and increase workforce size through effective job placement. It also contributes to the National Employment Strategy (NES), which was formally endorsed in May 2011. The Strategy seeks to address structural employment, calling for policies and programmes to amplify job creation with a greater focus on youth employment. The Strategy also emphasizes the need to upgrade the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system.

Partners: ILO, General Federation for Jordanian Trade Unions; Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions; youth non-profit organizations; Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Jordan; all four trade union confederations in Indonesia. 

Contact details: 
ILO project office
Tayseer Na`na`ah Street- South Abdoun
P.O Box: 831201
Amman 11183 Jordan
Tel: +962 6 565 3991
Fax: +962 6 565 3807
Yasser Ali, National Project Coordinator / ILO
Tel: +962 797348283
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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