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Jakarta Post

Giving housemaids weekend off, time to rest, recharge

  • Prodita Sabarini

    THE JAKARTA POST

JAKARTA   /   Mon, February 16 2009   /  11:47 am
Off I go: A housemaid kisses the hand of her employer to say goodbye at Kampung Rambutan Terminal in East Jakarta, before departing for her hometown for the Idul Fitri holidays, in this photo file. (JP/J.Adiguna)(JP/J.Adiguna)

Among their colleagues, domestic workers Maria Goreti Emohsarnah, 36 and Sayuti, 19 are considered lucky.
Maria has worked as a domestic worker in Jakarta for 12 years, while Sayuti works for a family in Yogyakarta. They are among the rare few domestic workers in Indonesia who receive annual leave and days off on a weekly basis and on national holidays.
They were at the Hotel Indonesia Traffic circle Sunday, along with hundreds of domestic workers, rallying for the rights of their colleagues to rest after a hard week’s work.
“People think we’re just lucky. I want to change that. I want to make other domestic workers know that it’s their right to have a holiday, to be able to enjoy time off and do other stuff,” Sayuti said.
Off I go: A housemaid kisses the hand of her employer to say goodbye at Kampung Rambutan Terminal in East J...