Towards sustainable and strong domestic worker union with paid up membership building – A report on reviving Tunas Mulia Domestic Workers Union in Yogjakarta, Indonesia
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Towards sustainable and strong DW union with paid up membership building –
A report on reviving Tunas Mulia Domestic Workers Union in Yogjakarta, Indonesia
“If you want to have money for yourself, you need to save money! If you want benefit from the union, save money for the union.” Heni, a leader and domestic worker
Tunas Mulia Domestic Workers Union is the first domestic workers union in Indonesia. It was established in 2003 by Rumpun Tjoet Njak Dien, a women NGO in Yogjakarta which organized domestic workers school and advocated for domestic workers’ rights at that time. The union has been standing and running on its own especially they have had no more financial support in the past 6 years.
As an independent union with committed leaders, it is important to revive the union to be a model of sustainable union to other existing and future domestic workers unions, as well as in the building of a national federation of domestic workers unions in Indonesia. In view of this, IUF Asia Pacific is supporting the union from 2012-14 to revive the union in organizing with paid up membership, more leaders, as well as a solid union structure.
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