Recognizing domestic workers
The International Labour Organization (ILO), through its Promoting Decent Work for Domestic Workers (PROMOTE) Project, funded by the United States Department of Labour (USDOL), has been promoting decent work for domestic workers and elimination of child domestic labour through skills training programmes and standardized certification, as well as application of employment contracts.
As a follow-up to the implementation of 200 mandatory learning hours under the pilot skills training programme in Malang, East Java, a total of 90 domestic workers participated in the certification examination. After the training, the domestic workers admitted that the course had improved not only their working skills but also their bargaining position.
“After the training, I am more confident. I hope that the training can change the negative perception about domestic workers as people tend to perceive our work as unskilled with low wages and for only uneducated people,” said WidiAstutik, a domestic worker from Singosari, East Java, She added that she now realized that she could do housekeeping, laundry and cooking in a more professional manner.
To improve the skills training programme, a one-day workshop was conducted in March 2017 under the ILO’s PROMOTE project, for evaluation and assessment. The workshop shared results of the pilot skills training programme and identified actions to be taken to continue building domestic workers’ skills in the country.
In April 2017, in its efforts to continue promoting the importance of employment contracts for domestic workers, the Project conducted a one-day workshop on improving working conditions of the workers.
The ILO Senior Gender, Equality and Discrimination Specialist, Joni Simpson, presented and discussed a sample employment contract used in Thailand. The contract covers key labour standards such as household information, job description, working hours, wages, holidays and leave, living and working environment, social protection, dispute resolution and termination of contract.
“The Government of Indonesia has strongly recognized the rights of Indonesian migrant domestic workers to have working contracts. Therefore, it should also recognize the rights of in-country domestic workers,” stressed Lita Anggraini, Executive Director of JALA PRT, an NGO that deals with rights of domestic workers.
Indonesian domestic workers – ©ILO/A. Ridwan
Skills training programme for domestic workers in Malang – © ILO Promote Projec
Skills training programme for domestic workers in Malang – © ILO Promote Project