T a k e a c t i o n
Often, Prospective Migrant Workers borrow money from family, friends, unregulated financiers as well as through the training centers and agents responsible for placing them abroad. The money borrowed is repaid with interest and often deducted directly from the workers wages.The elimination of pre-departure costs is therefore seen as a move towards transparency and improved regulation in the industry. In article 3 of the BP2MI regulation Number 9 of 2020 concerning the Exemption of PMI Placement Fees or Zero Cost, it is stated that Indonesian Migrant Workers cannot be burdened with Placement Fees, in the form of:
- Departure tickets
- Return tickets
- Work visas
- Legalization of work agreements
- Job training
- Work competency certificates
- Company services
- Passport replacement
- Police records
- Social Security for Indonesian Migrant Workers
- Health checks and psychology in the country
- Additional health checks if certain countries require
- Local transportation from the area of origin to the place of departure in Indonesia, and
Articles and Information
- BP2MI, a non-ministerial government institution whose duty is to implement policies in the service and protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers have produced a video to provide a comprehensive look at the procedures for working abroad, from pre-departure to returning home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-ZySwu350A
- The village government is one of the most important pillars to provide protection for Indonesian migrant workers. In April 2021, IOM (International Organization for Migration), SBMI (Indonesian Migrant Workers Union) and UNDP (United Nation Development Program) conducted a study on the role villages play in protecting Indonesian Migrant Workers. View the study here: http://surl.li/awpis
- To learn more about how Article 30 (1) of Law No. 18/2017 works and what issues it is intended to address, click the following link: https://peraturan.bpk.go.id/Home/Details/132015/pp-no-10-tahun-2020
- To learn more about what details your potential employer needs to know and include in your work contract, click the following link: https://3c5.com/JuBQa
How we can do this together:
Watch the film and participate in an online or offline discussion. View the schedule of upcoming screenings below.
Event Name: SBMI 19th AnniversaryDate: 25th February 2022Location: Pinus Camp, Songgon, BanyuwangiHosts: SBMIJoin: Salsa (085791299121) If you can’t see a screening that suits you, consider hosting your own screening with your family, school, organisation, social club or workplace. By watching the film and asking others to join, you are contributing to building a safer environment for migrant workers. Simply send us a screening request via the form and we will help make it happen.
Other steps you can take to increase people’s access to the film and our message:
Post to social media. Use our Homebound trailer to capture people's attention. Tag your posts with #zerocost and #safemigration.
Let others know where and how they can see Homebound by linking to our website or encouraging them to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Join us on Facebook to share your experience of working in another country, the challenges you faced, the highs and lows, tips for your friends and anything related to Migrant Workers’ issues. There are many who are looking to learn and connect with you.
Through Tari’s story in Homebound and many other Indonesian Migrant Workers we have met and listened to, we understand that working abroad is indeed one way to achieve our dreams and prosperity. But it is not always fun working abroad and sweet dreams don’t always come true. Jobs that were initially promised, do not eventuate. Our rights are not always protected. And so, we need to ensure that the procedures for working abroad are carried out correctly. Zero Cost is a non-negotiable.
Join the conversation on Facebook here and share your stories.
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