Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah has said that the passage of the domestic workers' protection (PPRT) bill into law is being expedited to provide a legal basis for the protection of domestic workers.
"With the presence of this PPRT bill, issues related to domestic workers can be solved, and (we can) have a clear legal basis," she said in a written statement received on Tuesday.
According to Fauziyah, the government is responsible for supporting the bill’s passage by holding protection as an inseparable part of domestic workers.
She said that collaboration in providing protection to domestic workers must start upstream.
If the upstream protection issues are resolved, the downstream will follow, she explained.
"We want the protection to be as clear as possible for those who work in the domestic sector," she stated.
The PPRT bill, which has been included as a priority of the House of Representatives (DPR), regulates the social security of domestic workers, both in health and employment.
The minister noted that the PPRT bill was initiated by the DPR a long time ago in 2004–2009, and it finally became a priority of the National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) for 2019–2024.
The minister said that so far, the legal basis for domestic workers has been regulated by the Manpower Minister's Regulation Number 2 of 2015 on the protection of domestic workers.
However, the regulation does not specifically cover the social security provided by employers to domestic workers.
Earlier, President Joko Widodo said that the government is committed to and is striving for the protection of domestic workers.
According to Widodo, the number of domestic workers is estimated to have reached four million. They are vulnerable to losing their rights as workers. (antaranews)