Indonesia has ratified international standards regarding child labour.
Minimum age for non-hazardous work is 15 years old.
At Kuatas, we ensure that the furniture manufacturers in partnership with us, strictly apply those regulations. We require to see the contract of every employees aged between 15 to 17 years old in order to ensure that they do not handle any task considered hazardous by the International Labour Organization
in their article C138
.*hazardous: exposed to hazardous health and safety dangers from weather, machinery.
The applied law in Indonesia can be found here (in Bahasa Indonesia). Below is a clear summary of the statement.1. Child laborers who do light work
For children aged between 13 (thirteen) years to 15 (fifteen) years may perform light work as long as it does not interfere with the child's physical, mental, and social development and health.
Companies that will employ children in light work scope, must meet the following requirements:
a. written consent of the parent or tutors;
b. employment agreement between employer and parent or tutor;
c. maximum working time of 3 (three) hours per day;
d. done during day time and does not interfere with school time;
e. In compliance with related Health and Safety;
f. a clear working status in the working environment;
g. receive wages in accordance with applicable provisions.
However, for children working in their family businesses, the above mentioned in alineas a, b, f, and g are not required.
For employers who violate the requirements of the scope of light work for child labor, may be subject to a minimum imprisonment of 1 (one) year and a maximum of 4 (four) years and / or a fine of at least Rp 100,000,000 (USD 7.000) and a maximum of Rp 400,000,000, - (USD 30.000).2. Children working in the workplace that are part of an education or training authorized by an official.
Those who can work in the workplace are children who are at least fourteen (14) years old.
However, the entrepreneur concerned must have several conditions for child laborers working in their place:
a. given clear guidance on how to carry out the work and supervision in carrying out the work;
b. given safety and health protection.3. Working children who work to develop their talents and interests.
Employers who employ children to develop the talents and interests of child laborers, shall meet the following requirements:
a. work performed under the direct supervision of a parent or tutor;
b. working time of at most 3 (three) hours a day;
c. conditions and work environment do not interfere with physical, mental, social, and school development.
For an entrepreneur violating the requirement, a penalty imprisonment of at least 1 (one) month and no later than 12 (twelve) months and / or a minimum fine of Rp 10,000,000.00 (USD 700) and a maximum of Rp 100,000,000 (USD 7.000) shall be imposed. 4. Children employed together with adult workers / laborers
In this case, the child's workplace should be separated from the workplace of the adult worker.