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Domestic worker bill gains momentum

  • Made Anthony Iswara

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 6 2020   /  01:00 am
A domestic worker washes dishes in the kitchen area on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Due to the long history of having servants in Indonesia plus the absence of regulations that protect their well-being, some domestic workers have fought to improve their condition in the recent years.(JP/Ricky Yudhistira)

Domestic workers in Indonesia may see a light at the end of the tunnel as lawmakers move to advance a domestic worker protection bill that has been in limbo for over a decade. Activist Lita Anggraini from the National Network on Domestic Worker Advocacy (Jala PRT) said she hoped all House of Representatives’ factions would agree to the bill in its future deliberation and that the government would respond positively to the initiative. “The law could change the mindset [such that] domestic workers are [considered] just as important as any other worker,” she said on Wednesday. Passing the bill would not only empower domestic workers but would also strengthen the country’s bargaining power in Indonesian migrant domestic workers’ placements in other countries, Lita said. Lita’s comments followed a House of Representatives Legislation B...