Indonesia raises minimum wage for domestic workers
The Indonesian Embassy in Muscat has unveiled its plan to increase the minimum salary for domestic workers to RO 120 per month. In a recent notice issued by the Consular Affairs Department, the embassy said that starting from March 9, non-experienced domestic workers must be employed with a salary of RO 100 and experienced for RO 120. This step will be followed by an announcement to increase the salaries for all Indonesian domestic workers to RO 120. According to an official source, the decision is a step towards securing the interests of the domestic workers, adding that similar wages are paid back home in a city like Jakarta. The source added that the salary is not always mentioned in the contracts received by the embassy for approval.
“Upon the notice from the Indonesian Ministry of Manpower to all the agencies in Indonesia, the embassy hereby informs that as of March 9, 2014, the salary in all the agreements/contracts which are sent to the embassy for verification (for new contracts as well as renewals) for domestic workers must be typed as RO 100 or equivalent to $260 for non-experienced workers and RO 120 $315) for experienced workers. Any agreements in which the salaries are not mentioned with the correct sum will not be signed until the agreements are rectified. The embassy will make another announcement during the second half of this year to increase the minimum salary for Indonesian domestic workers to RO 120,” they added.
The official explained that since there is no agreement between Indonesia and the GCC countries, domestic workers have to be hired through agencies in Indonesia. He also called on domestic workers to renew their ‘Overseas Worker ID Card’ issued by the Indonesian government in 2012 prior to going on vacation to their homeland, explaining that each Indonesian domestic worker needs to show the card to officials when travelling back to work as required by country’s law.
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