Recognizing the rights of domestic workers through employment contract

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has been promoting the use of Standard Contracts for Domestic Work around the world as a concrete and practical means to providing better working conditions to domestic workers as well as recognizing their rights as workers.

Press release | Jakarta, Indonesia | 26 April 2017
JAKARTA (ILO News) – The International Labour Organization (ILO) has been promoting the use of Standard Contracts for Domestic Work around the world as a concrete and practical means to providing better working conditions to domestic workers as well as recognizing their rights as workers. The Standard Contracts provide clear guidance to employers and minimal standards that government can provide in ensuring better protection and recognition for domestic workers.

To further promote the rights of domestic workers in Indonesia, the ILO is organizing a one-day workshop on how to improve working conditions of domestic workers through the application of employment contract. The workshop will be conducted in Jakarta on 27 April 2017.

A written contract is a strong indicator of formality and a proof of existence of an employment relationship. It plays an important role in empowering domestic workers and in a guarantee of decent working conditions, if properly applied."

Michiko Miyamoto, Country Director of the ILO in Indonesia
The workshop is aimed to provide a forum for a discussion among relevant stakeholders on how standard contracts for domestic workers could contribute to improving working conditions of domestic workers. The workshop also provides an opportunity for participants to identify challenges, share opportunities and exchange ideas as well as experiences as means to determine ways forward to the effective application of employment contract for domestic workers in Indonesia.

Michiko Miyamoto, Country Director of the ILO in Indonesia, emphasized the importance of written standard contract for domestic workers as the contract benefits both employers and domestic workers. The contracts help both parties to achieve clarity and transparency in rights and obligations.

“A written contract is a strong indicator of formality and a proof of existence of an employment relationship. It plays an important role in empowering domestic workers and in a guarantee of decent working conditions, if properly applied,” said Michiko.

The application of the written standard contract is also being highlighted by the ILO Convention No. 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. The Convention sets measures to facilitate the formalization of the employment relationship through, among others, written employment contract, information and understanding of terms and conditions of employment, as well as records and transparent procedures for registration.

The promotion of the employment contract is part of the ILO’s programme to recognize the rights of domestic workers as workers through its Promoting Decent Work for Domestic Workers (PROMOTE) Project. Funded by the United States Department of Labour (USDOL), PROMOTE Project aims at promoting decent work for domestic workers and reducing child domestic workers significantly. The project works closely with national stakeholders and partners to promote Decent Work for Domestic Workers effectively.

For further information please contact:


Arum Ratnawati
Chief Technical Adviser of the ILO’s PROMOTE Project
Tel.: +6221 3913112 ext. 130
Email: arum@ilo.org

Gita Lingga
ILO’s Communication Officer
Tel.: +6221 3913112 ext. 115
Email: gita@ilo.org