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Jakarta Post

Homeworkers struggle to make ends meet

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 17 2018   /  12:39 am

Fiddly job: Women pack drinking straws and plastic ice cream spoons into small plastic wraps in their neighborhood in Kota Bangun district in Medan, North Sumatra, last Wednesday. (JP/Apriadi Gunawan)Syamsuniar, 64, makes a living by packaging drinking straws at her home in the Medan Deli district of Medan, North Sumatra.

Compared to other, younger workers, she works fast, too. She said she could finish packing tens of thousands of straws, weighing around 4 kilograms, into packages of ten within only two days. Yet, she claimed, she often received less that the others.

“I only receive Rp 32,000 [US$2.27] for two days of work. I think it is unfair,” Syamsuniar told The Jakarta Post recently, adding that she had not had a raise in years.

Syamsuniar is among thousands of homeworkers who work for corporations or agents from home in the provincial capital of Medan.