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Are you treating your domestic workers right? Here are their minimum rights

  • Vela Andapita
    Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, July 26, 2019   /  12:40 pm
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Female domestic workers participate in the May Day rally last year.(Kompas.com/Rima Wahyuningrum)

Millions of households hire live-in domestic workers in Indonesia, which has a high income inequality. The increasing number of women seeking work has also made domestic workers an inseparable part of the Indonesian household. However, unclear work contracts and the weak bargaining position of domestic workers have contributed to abuse and exploitation. Severe cases involving physical abuse and denying food have occurred, although they are not commonplace. Nevertheless, long working hours, low salaries and few to no days off are rampant, especially among live-in workers. Workers’ rights NGOs have urged the House of Representatives to deliberate the long-delayed bill on protection of domestic workers, which was drafted in 2004. But the deliberation has also stalled, because giving domestic workers even minimum rights could potentially upend millio...