Friday, 25 March 2011

New MOU on migrant domestic workers between Indonesia and Malaysia?

There are reports circulating that there will be a new Memorandum of Understanding between the governments of Indonesia and Malaysia before the end of May. The government has come under increasing pressure as the waiting list for domestic workers in Malaysia continues to get longer and domestic workers are being smuggled or trafficked into the country to fill the gap in the market.
Has anyone heard what the conditions of the MOU will be?

Domestic worker demand effects Cambodians

Cambodia Struggles to Stem Domestic Worker Abuse
By Irwin Loy

PHNOM PENH, Mar 19, 2011 (IPS) - Cambodia’s fledgling domestic worker export industry continues to come under scrutiny amid allegations that women have been forcibly detained in privately run training centres.

see IPS for the full story

Monday, 14 March 2011

Better rules for hiring Indonesian Domestic Workers in Saudi Arabia

New rules for hiring Indonesian migrant workers, including domestic workers, have come into effect. These rules include some that are stronger than even International laws call for, such as a full address and map of the empolyers' house and a family card detailing the number of people in the family, it also includes letter of good conduct from the police and a list of those people they have previously employed. UFDWR also likes that the employers must make a written statement saying that they will treat the workers properly according to their human rights.

For details see news articles:

New Indonesian Rules on Domestics Irk Saudis

Work Agreement between Indonesian Migrant Workers and Saudi Arabia Becomes Effective