Through this regulation, we can assure to have the same labour rights just like other workers."Jusmiaty, Chair of Domestic Worker Union of Paraikatte Makassar
Understanding the vulnerability of domestic workers in South Sulawesi, the Apindo of Makassar supported the initiative to develop a legal framework for the protection of domestic workers. “Considering the vulnerability of domestic workers who work under the closed doors of private homes, we strongly support the regulation on the protection of domestic workers,” said Yusran Herald, Secretary of Apindo Makassar.
Yusran added that it was hoped that the legal protection would minimize, if not eliminate, the abuses of domestic workers’ labour rights. “Some domestic workers in Makassar have to work not only at homes but they are also engaged in business activities of their employers. This practice is against their labour rights as workers,” he said.
Supports given by the ILO-PROMOTE included a series of internal coordination, involving relevant partners since 2017. After a series of consultations, consolidated workshops with the Provincial Manpower Office were conducted in January 2018 to review the draft regulation and develop an action plan for finalization. The workshops were then followed by a public hearing in March 2018.
The Governor Regulation does not only protect domestic workers, but also benefits the employers."Lusia Palulungan, an employer of domestic worker who is also a woman activist
Lusia Palulungan, an employer of domestic worker who is also a woman activist, had been actively involved in the process of consultations and advocacies. “The Governor Regulation does not only protect domestic workers, but also benefits the employers,” she said.
For Jusmiaty, Chair of Domestic Worker Union of Paraikatte Makassar, and her fellow domestic workers, the Governor Regulation would provide them with legal protections that protect their labour rights of decent working hours, days off, wages and so forth. “Through this regulation, we can assure to have the same labour rights just like other workers,” she said.
South Sulawesi was one of the targeted areas of the ILO-PROMOTE Project, in addition to Jakarta, Lampung and Malang. Irfan Afandi, the former Project Coordinator of the ILO-PROMOTE Project, greatly appreciated the issuance of the regulation. “With this regulation, domestic workers in Makassar will be protected. This also shows the sustainability of advocacies and policy consultative initiatives taken by the ILO-PROMOTE Project,” he said.
The ILO-PROMOTE Project was aimed to promote decent work for domestic workers and to eliminate child domestic workers in Indonesia. Funded by the United States Department of Labour (USDOL), the ILO-PROMOTE Project aimed at increasing the knowledge, skills and expertise on reducing child domestic workers and promote decent work for domestic workers. The Project ran for four years since 2013 and ended in March 2018.