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Sumarlin Adam
Darwin Botutihe
Muhammad Obie


Empowerment, Labor, Brick Factory, Institutional Organization, Training, Capital


Purpose: This study analyzed the empowerment of brick factory laborers, related to the relations of labors and employers in the production to marketing processes, problems faced by laborers, their potential, and the priority of empowerment programs for brick factory laborers.

Methodology: In collecting data, researchers used the method of observation, in-depth interviews, and focused group discussion as the primary data source, and the literature study method as a secondary data source. Researchers analyzed data with a qualitative approach. When the data collection took place, researchers began to analyze data until a certain time even though the time of data collection has been completed.

Findings: Three principal components are interrelated in brick production, namely: landowners, employers, and laborers. The employer rents land from the landowner and employs labors to produce bricks. Between labors and landowners do not have a direct employment relationship, because it is the employer who presents his work. In the case of labor and employer relations, labors are in an exploited and alienated position, which leaves workers powerless. Several labor problems that occur in working relationships in brick factories are: labors get salaries not based on provincial minimum wages, labors do not have social protection, labors find it difficult to meet basic needs, weak legal protection, labors do not get holiday allowances, face dismissal problems, and it is hard to get jobs outside the brick factory. What can be done to empower labors in a brick factory is to build an institutional labor organization, organize training to strengthen labor capacity, and open access to ownership of production capital.  

Implications: This research was beneficial to create the community of labors in brick factories that were empowered, socially, economically, and politically.

Novelty: The labors in brick factories can be empowered by developing an institutional organization of labors, strengthening labor capacity through training, and opening access to ownership of production capital. 


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