Sunday, 31 May 2020 | 18:16 WIB

Gov‘t Urged to Pass Regulation that Protects Homeworkers

Gov't Urged to Pass Regulation that Protects Homeworkers (tradeunionrightscentre)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Homeworkers, who usually receive bulk jobs such as sewing buttons and gluing sandals, have asked the Indonesian government to issue special rules regarding the protection of homeworkers.

"We need recognition, because all this time our work is hidden, and there is no protection for our work," Muhayati from the Indonesian Home Workers Network in Jakarta.

Without protection regulations, she said, homeworkers often whose homes became a kind of "factory" had to bear the loss of having to do factory-ordered work using private facilities.

"Because it is done at home, the company does not pay electricity, does not pay for water. All these costs are borne by workers," she said.

Muhayati continued that the number of homeworkers in Indonesia are "overwhelming", including those in the Penjaringan area (North Jakarta), but not recorded.

She also said the wages of homeworkers are also lower than factory workers and Regional Minimum Wage standards set by the regional government.

Muhayati gave an example, in which her friends who accepted home work gluing sandals were only paid IDR 300 per pair of sandals,  and if they made a mistake they had to replace IDR14,000 per pair of sandals.

"Working to complete the order can go from morning to night, not to mention if the company asks us to make it fast. We can do it 24 hours," she said as reported by Antara.

In addition, people who receive work gluing sandals must breathe the strong scent of glue and make the air around the house unhealthy. They can only turn on the fan to let the smell of glue out from the houses. But the risk, said Muhayati, is that the body becomes stiff due to constant winds generated from fans. They also have to bear the electricity costs from using electric fans.

Muhayati said that there was usually no contract agreement in their work. The employer also does not provide health insurance and other social security.

Usually they get orders for these items through intermediaries, one intermediary can oversee up to 15 people.

"So the company pays to the intermediary and then pays to homeworkers," said Muhayati.