Value Of Domestic Workers Felt In Their Absence

Considering the significant role of domestic helpers, I think it is necessary for us to declare this job as a profession with legal guarantees for both workers and their bosses – Lita Anggraeni, National Committee for Housemaid Advocacy (Jala PRT)

With some many of Jakarta’s domestic workers returning to their home villages for Ramadan, National Committee for Housemaid Advocacy (Jala PRT) has taken the opportunity to use the difficulties families face in their absence as evidence of the value of domestic labor.  According to a survey of upper class families in South Jakarta conducted by Jala PRT, a family’s average daily household expenditures went from Rp 67,000 (US$7.43) with a housemaid to between Rp 175,000 to Rp 241,000 without a domestic helper.

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