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'Indonesia is not ready': Millions of domestic workers have no protection

  • Vela Andapita
    Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, July 31, 2019   /  09:45 am
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A domestic worker washes dishes in the kitchen of a house in Jakarta on July 10. The latest data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS) in 2011 revealed there were 2.6 million domestic workers in Indonesia. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)

Every day, working mother Loecia Nhadilah and her husband get help from two domestic workers who live with them in East Jakarta. One focuses on doing domestic chores, like cleaning up the house and washing and ironing clothes, while the other one is tasked with focusing only on taking care of their toddler, Charista. Loecia, herself an employee in a private company, knows more than enough about a comfortable working environment and the balance between rights and responsibilities. “Fifteen minutes before I leave the house for work, the nanny should be ready to take care of Charista until I get home. She should never lose sight of my daughter and feed her. Make sure the gadget we use for communicating is always contactable,” she recently told The Jakarta Post. “Both of them should maintain the cleanliness of the house, my kid’s and themselves, especially th...