Better working conditions in Indonesian garment factories thanks to the DecentWorkCheck

Mondiaal FNV, TURC and WageIndicator work together in the DecentWorkCheck. This program trains trade union members in collecting data on working conditions in Indonesian garment factories. Members also receive negotiation training. Thanks to the collected data and training, garment workers achieve better working conditions.

Better negotiating position

Trained trade union members conduct surveys and interviews with garment workers on topics such as safety and health in the workplace, freedom of association, working hours, women's rights, wages and other working conditions. Because the data is public, unions can compare their factory with other factories. The unions also receive training and coaching to negotiate more effectively. This gives employees a stronger position in negotiations with employers.

Success story: decreasing harassment at Wacoal factory

(Sexual) harassment of women is a common problem in Indonesian clothing factories. At the Wacoal factory, women faced verbal abuse and abuse of power to increase productivity. By collecting data, the union managed to reach an agreement between management and workers: a special article on gender-based violence was added to the collective bargaining agreement. Violence has decreased and the working atmosphere has improved.

Video: garment worker Luftiati

This video shows the story of Luftiati, a garment worker in Indonesia: "I'm a newcomer to the union and want to encourage women to speak out." The DecentWorkCheck ensures that unions, such as those of Luftiati, can consult with management on a more equal basis, thanks to knowledge of the law and data about the conditions in the factory.

Video: garment worker Dewi

In this video you will meet Dewi, a garment worker in Indonesia. Thanks to the DecentWorkCheck, her union has been able to negotiate better working conditions.

DecentWorkCheck interesting for clothing brands

Clothing brands that purchase in Indonesia can use the data to monitor working conditions at their suppliers. This allows them to improve human rights and comply with mandatory reporting.

Are you such a clothing brand?
Join us and improve working conditions in your production chain! All you have to do is contact us at and ask your supplier(s) for permission to conduct surveys in their factories.

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