Protection of domestic workers

Promoting decent work for domestic workers: Actor Lukman Sardi

Lukman Sardi, a senior actor, has given voice to the life story of Kholisoh, a domestic worker from Yogyakarta. Under the title “Give my salary without having to ask”, Kholisoh wrote about her plight as a domestic worker for the last 14 years.

Article | Jakarta, Indonesia | 18 August 2017

Lukman Sardi, a senior actor, has given voice to the life story of Kholisoh, a domestic worker from Yogyakarta. Under the title “Give my salary without having to ask”, Kholisoh wrote about her plight as a domestic worker for the last 14 years. Her experiences included how she had to remind her forgetful employer to pay her salary every month.

Kholisoh’s story is one of the 31 stories of domestic workers compiled in the book titled “We Will not Be Silent: 31 Stories of Domestic Workers behind the Domestic Walls”, launched in August 2017 in Jakarta. The book is jointly developed and produced by the ILO, JALA PRT and the Jakarta’s Independent Journalist Alliance (AJI Jakarta).

“Mam, for a worker at your home, do not make her ask for her salary. It feels like a beggar and it is actually her rights to be paid,” voiced Lukman bringing Kholisoh’s story to life during the launch.

Honestly, this is my first experience engaging with domestic workers. This experience is also a new lesson learnt for me as I also have a domestic worker in my home just like other people in the country."

Lukman Sardi, Actor
The launch and publication of the book is part of the ILO constituents and partners’ advocacy campaign to promote decent work for domestic workers and the elimination of child domestic labour.

“Honestly, this is my first experience engaging with domestic workers. This experience is also a new lesson learnt for me as I also have a domestic worker in my home just like other people in the country,” said Lukman, expressing his appreciation to the important role of domestic workers in the households.

The book consists of 31 stories written by 27 domestic workers who aspire to change the perception and stigma against domestic workers. Through their stories, these domestic workers strive to break the existing social and political systems, urging that their professions should be recognized as workers, they should be legally protected under the law, their labour rights should be respected like other workers and the child domestic labour should be eliminated.

The campaign is conducted by the ILO through its Promoting Decent Work for Domestic Workers to End Child Domestic Work (PROMOTE) Project. Funded by the United States Department of Labour (USDOL), ILO-PROMOTE Project aims at reducing child domestic workers significantly by building institutional capacities of partners to promote Decent Work for Domestic Workers effectively. The Project works to increase the knowledge, skills and expertise on reducing child domestic workers and promote decent work for domestic workers.