Minister urges DPR to ratify bill on domestic worker protection

Minister urges DPR to ratify bill on domestic worker protection

Minister of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Bintang Puspayoga. (ANTARA/ HO-Kemen PPPA)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Minister of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Bintang Puspayoga has urged the House of Representatives (DPR) to ratify the Domestic Worker Protection Bill (RUU PPRT) into law without delay.

"We encourage the DPR to bring (the bill) to a plenary meeting and make RUU PPRT an initiative of the DPR," she said in a statement received here on Wednesday.

Considering the previous experience in passing the Sexual Violence Crime Law (UU TPKS), differences in opinion during discussions are normal, she said.

However, what is important is finding ways to accommodate the interests of all parties, especially domestic workers, in terms of recognition and protection, she said.

Puspayoga said the government will encourage joint commitment and political work with the DPR and civil society to oversee the ratification of RUU PPRT.

In addition, the task force for the acceleration of deliberations on the bill will also need to immediately map out steps and strategies to push its ratification.

Puspayoga said the bill aims to protect domestic workers as part of efforts to uphold human rights principles.

The articles in the bill contain agreements and cooperation regarding relations between employers and domestic workers as well as the supervision of recruiters, the minister added.

Earlier, President Joko Widodo said that the government is committed to and is striving for the protection of domestic workers.

According to him, the number of domestic workers is estimated to have reached four million. They are vulnerable to losing their rights as workers.

To accelerate the stipulation of the Domestic Workers' Protection Law (UU PPRT), the president has asked the Ministry of Law and Human Rights and the Ministry of Manpower to coordinate with the DPR and all related stakeholders.

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