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Women workers in Indonesia: Give them a reason to stay

  • Sri Ranjini Mei Hua

Singapore   /   Fri, February 17 2012   /  10:51 am

Five years from now, Singapore and other places which have been traditionally reliant on foreign domestic labor, such as Hong Kong and Malaysia, will no longer see an Indonesian domestic worker in their midst. At least that is what the Indonesian government hopes to achieve by 2017.

While destination places are constantly trying to improve the welfare of foreign domestic workers due to international pressure and local needs, what steps will the Indonesian government take to encourage these women workers to stay?

In October last year, Singapore Manpower Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said the ministry was considering making it mandatory for employers to give their maids at least one day off a week. Furthermore, employers can be fined up to S$5,000 and/or jailed up to six months if they fail to comply with the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act which states that workers must...