Dr. Surya Tjandra is a well-known Indonesian labour academic-activist. He is a lecturer at the Law Faculty of Atma Jaya Catholic University, and for many years he was associated with the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (LBH) in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is also the founder of the Trade Union Rights Centre, a labour resource NGO based in Jakarta.
His work focuses particularly on the empowerment of the working people in Indonesia, providing action research, legal assistance, and trainings. He was one of the key figures in the struggle for social security reforms in Indonesia in 2010, which led to the enactment of the Law on the Social Security Executing Agency in 2011. The Law provides universal health care for all Indonesian citizens and pension schemes for Indonesian formal workers, and considered as a breakthrough for the development of social system in the country. He has published and presented papers on Indonesian labour law and trade unions issues nationally and internationally, and has been working closely with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the DGB Bildungswerk from Germany, as well as the FNV Mondiaal from the Netherlands.
Tjandra holds a PhD in Law from Leiden University, the Netherlands, with a thesis concerned the political economy of labour law reform in Indonesia after the Reformasi. More information about Tjandra and his work can be found on facebook and page: Surya Tjandra.