Migrant domestic helpers’ monthly pay said to rise to NT$17,000 soon

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/08/27
By: Chou YUng-chih, Wei Yun-ling and Bear Lee

Jakarta, Aug. 27 (CNA) Taiwan will raise monthly wage for the 220,000 migrant domestic 64461128helpers to NT$17,000 (US$520) from September 1, an Indonesian labor official said Thursday.

The amount will be an increase of NT$1,160, or 7 percent from the current NT$15,840, Agusdin Subiantoro, chief the National Board for Placement and Protection of Indonesian Overseas Workers, told CNA.

Taiwan has frozen the pay for migrant domestic helpers for 18 years, as the domestic helpers are not entitled to the Labor Standards Law, which set the minimum monthly wage at NT$20,008.

Agusdin said after rounds of negotiations, Taiwanese and Indonesian officials reached the agreement to increase migrant domestic workers’ pay earlier in the day.     [FULL  STORY]

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