Jul 21, 2017 Business & Finance Comments Off on Indonesia urges Taiwan employers to pay broker fees for caregivers
Jakarta--Indonesia is in the process of revising its labor regulations with the objective of promoting "zero costs" for Indonesian nationals who work overseas as caregivers, Indonesian labor officials said on Thursday, urging Taiwan employers to help pay the brokerage fees for these workers.
In an interview with CNA that day, Nusron Wahid, head of the Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers, said his country is seeking to improve work conditions for its people to prevent them from being exploited.
The Indonesian government's "zero costs" plan aims to encourage employers to cover all expenses for caregivers, including brokerage fees, airfares, visa fees, health checkup fees and job training fees, according to Nusron.
Agusdin Subiantoro, deputy head of the agency, said the brokerage fees paid by Indonesia's migrant workers in Taiwan are too high, amounting to NT$60,000 (US$1,972) over a period of three years.
Currently, Indonesian domestic caregivers in Taiwan earn NT$17,000 per month.
Agusdin said he hopes the new "zero costs" plan will be embraced in Taiwan as that would attract more Indonesian caregivers to the country in the future.
As of the end of June, there are 186,826 Indonesian caregivers in Taiwan, accounting for about 77 percent of the total number of foreign caregivers in the country, according to statistics from Taiwan's Ministry of Labor.
Foreign nationals working as domestic caregivers in Taiwan are not covered under Taiwan's Labor Standards Act and therefore not entitled to the statutory minimum wage and mandatory days off as stipulated in the act.
These workers have long protested, demanding higher wages, mandatory days off and exemption from brokerage fees.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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