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Malaysia agrees on Indonesia's requests to improve labors' working standard

Written By vibykhmer on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 | 10:18 PM


JAKARTA, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia agreed on Indonesia's three of several requests to improve working standard of the country's "informal labors" who work there, the business daily Bisnis Indonesia quoted a minister as saying on Wednesday.

Informal labor refers to little professional skilled-workers like household maid as well as construction and plantation worker, among others.

The three points are that Malaysian government provides one day-off for the informal workers, agrees on certain 'salary scale' and lets the workers to hold their passports by themselves

The agreement was achieved in a meeting between the two countries in Malaysia last week.

However, there has no agreement about two other points, which are talks about cost structure on recruitment and placement of the workers as well as establishment of a joint monitoring task force.

"With the agreement, now Indonesian workers in Malaysia get one day off after working for one week. Their employers also no longer hold their passports," said the Minister for Labor and Transmigration Erman Suparno here on Tuesday.

He also said that the scale of the workers' salary could be adapted with how long they have been working.

Cases of runaway and abused informal workers, especially household maids, were rampant recently, prompting the two countries' governments to seek ways in solving the problem.

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