In a press conference held in KSBSI office yesterday (Thursday/1 March 2012) National Equality Commission (K2N) of Konfederasi Serikat Buruh Sejahtera Indonesia (KSBSI) urged government to immediately adopt Law on Domestic Workers and ratify ILO Convention No. 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers.
On the event sister Yatini Sulistyowati, chairperson of K2N said that “women workers’ rights, especially those of domestic workers, are not yet protected. Domestic workers urgently need equality to rights to decent wage, social security, and to leaves and maternity.” Therefore, in addition to urge government to immediately adopt Law on Domestic Workers and to ratify ILO C. 189, KSBSI also requested government to amend Law No. 39/2004 on Placement and Protection of Indonesia Migrant Workers Overseas and stated that manpower supervision should be through tripartite system.
Moreover, brother Mudhofir, President of KSBSI stated that union struggle has not been solely focused on to workers at industry sectors. He added that through equality commission, KSBSI has acknowledged and implemented an equality policy for all workers, especially protection to women workers, and kept on fighting for domestic workers to have their acknowledgement and normative rights as those industry workers have enjoyed.
The press conference was held as a preparation to commemorate International Women’s Day on this 8 March. KSBSI understands that International Women’s Day is not a just celebration but a part of women’s, especially of women workers’, struggles to demand their yet-to-finish rights. Theme “Decent Works for Domestic Workers” has been brought to disseminate to public that women’s struggles to have an equal rights as those men have enjoyed have took long and winding roads and nothing can be achieved without a struggle. And the most important is to arouse the employers utilizing domestic workers’ services to treat them well and respect their rights as human being needs to be humanized.
In welcoming this year International Women’s Day K2N of KSBSI also holds a bazaar and stages documentary films on domestic workers.
Further information, please contac sister Yatini Sulistyowati, chairperson of K2N KSBSI: firstname.lastname@example.org