The Taiwanese Ministry of Labor in Taipei. Photo: Google Maps

An Indonesian official has suggested that maids and caregivers from the Southeast Asian country working in Taiwan should earn salaries in line with the island’s new minimum monthly wage of NT$22,000 (US$730) once it is implemented from January 1, 2018.

Agusdin Subiantoro, deputy head of the Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers, told Pacific Daily in an interview that the Indonesian government welcomed the rise in Taiwan’s minimum wage, which would guarantee better benefits for  Indonesian migrant workers in factories and retirement homes.

However, according to current policy, Taiwan’s minimum wage does not cover domestic workers and home caregivers. At present there are 243,151 migrant workers in Taiwan’s social-welfare service sector, 77% of whom, or 187,281 people, are Indonesians.

Agusdin stressed that domestic workers and caregivers should benefit from the new minimum wage as well, or they deserve a pay rise by at least 10% to NT$19,000 from NT$17,000.

Separately, Nusron Wahid, head of the Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers, said in a recent interview that the agency had been stepping up efforts to ensure better rights for  Indonesian caregivers in Taiwan.

The agency wants Taiwanese employers of Indonesian maids and caregivers to be responsible for shouldering all of their costs such as referral fees, fees for work visas, airfares, physical checkups, and training.

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