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Global: Domestic Workers Around the World Support JalaPRT, Indonesia

by IDWFED published Feb 15, 2012 12:00 AM
We urge the Indonesian government: to Establish a Law for the Protection of Domestic Workers, to Ratify the ILO Convention 189 and R201 Now.



On February 15, the Domestic Workers Day in Indonesia, Jala PRT, network of domestic workers organizations in the country, supported by the trade unions and other allies, submitted 5,000 signatures to the Indonesian Government and members of parliament, to support their demand that the Government enacts the Domestic Workers Bill and ratifies C189 as soon as possible in order to improve the rights and conditions of domestic workers in the country.

The IDWN has mobilized support among domestic workers organizations globally and collected signatures from amongst its members and supporters.

Our letter to SBY, President of Indonesia:

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono,
President of Indonesia
The Parliament of Republic Indonesia (DPR RI)
15 February 2012
Your Excellency,

In Commemorate of Indonesian Domestic Workers Day

We urge the Indonesian government: to Establish a Law for the Protection of Domestic Workers, to Ratify the ILO Convention 189 and R201 Now.

Today is the Indonesian Domestic Workers Day. It is the day to remember the death of Sunarsih, a 14-year-old domestic worker who was assaulted by her employer into death in 2001, in the city of Surabaya. It is the day to remember, not only Sunarsih, but millions of Indonesian domestic workers who are under exploitation and abuses locally and abroad. We urge the government of Indonesia to establish a national law to protect millions of domestic workers and cooperate with destination countries to ensure the protection of migrant domestic workers.

Indonesia is a country with one of the largest number of domestic workers in all Asia. This includes 10 million local domestic workers in Indonesia and 6 million migrant domestic workers abroad. Their work has been an integral part of thriving economies in the world. Every day, they work around the clock to send billions of remittance home. Yet, until now, Indonesian domestic workers remain the most exploited, by the malpractice of employment agencies, bad employers and discriminatory policies and society.

We appreciate the political will of the President to support the ILO Convention 189 Decent Work for Domestic Workers as He spoke at the 100th Session of ILC, 14 June 2011, that the President will refer the Convention as the basis of the national law of domestic workers protection. We encourage the Government of Indonesia to immediately take further steps to ratify and integrate the stipulations of the convention C189 and R201 in the national law.

We appreciate the progress action of the DPR RI (Commission IX) in the beginning of 2012 to deliberate the Bill on the protection on domestic workers and we hope that the DPR RI and the government immediately establish the law for the protection and welfare of domestic workers as part of workers, citizens and human beings in 2012.

We urge the government of Indonesia, in cooperation with governments of destination countries, to take affirmative measures to stop the exploitation of domestic workers. We urge the governments especially to revoke the blood-sucking employment agencies. We urge the parliament to continue the deliberation and establish the law on the protection on domestic workers. We urge government of Indonesia to ratify the ILO Convention 189 Decent Work for Domestic Workers Now.

Domestic workers are large in number. Protection on domestic workers ensures protection for a big population and a just and harmonious society.

In Solidarity,
1. International Domestic Workers Network (IDWN);
2. National Union of Domestic Employees, Trinidad & Tobago;
3. Dan Gallin, Chair, Global Labout Institute;
4. NaliniNayak, for SEWA-India;
(no. 5 – 36. are organizations in the USA)
5. National Domestic Workers Alliance;
6. Adhikaar;
7. Atlanta;
8. Beyond Care Coop;
9. Brazilian Immigrant Center;
10. CASA de Maryland;
11. CASA Latina;
12. Centro Humanitario;
13. Centro Laboral de Graton/ Graton Day Labor Center;
14. Cidadao Global;
15. Coalition for Humane Immigrant;
16. Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA);
17. Colectivo de Mujeres Tejiendo Suenos;
18. Damayan Migrant Workers Association;
19. Domestic Workers United;
20. Filipino Advocates for Justice;
21. Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center;
22. Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees;
23. 24.Houston Interfaith Worker Justice;
25. Massachusssetts Association ofProfesional Nannies (MAPN);
26. MataHari;
27. Mujeres Unidas y Activas;
28. Pilipino Workers' Center of Southern California;
29. POWER;
30. San Diego Day Labor Association;
31. San Francisco Day Labor Program Women’s Collective of La Raza Centro Legal;
32. Southwest Workers' Union;
33. Unity Housecleaners Cooperative;
34. Vida Verde;
35. Washtenaw County Workrs Center;
36. Andrea Maksimovic;
37. Rey Rasing, Director, LEARN, Philippines;
(no. 38 – 48. are organizations in Hong Kong)
38. Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Unions (FADWU);
39. Hong Kong Domestic Workers General Union ;
40. Indonesian Migrant Workers Union (IMWU), Hong Kong;
41. LiPMI (League of Indonesian Migrant Workers in Hong Kong);
42. Thai Migrant Workers Union (TMWU), Hong Kong;
43. Union of Nepalese Domestic Workers in Hong Kong (UNDW-HK);
44. Filipino Domestic Workers Union (FDWU), Hong Kong;
45. Overseas Domestic Workers Union (ODWU-HK), Hong Kong;
46. Alliance of Progressive Labour (APL-HK), Hong Kong;
47. Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU);
48. Asian Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC);
49. Gefont - General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions, Nepal;
50. Nepali Independent Domestic Workers Union (NIDWU);
51. Myrtle Witbooi, General Secretary, South Africa Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union

And Solidarity Message from IMWU Netherlands:


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