DT: An Indonesian maid is apparently owed around BD7,000 by her employer in outstanding salaries from 11 years, it has emerged.
The woman, named only as Camellia, is currently being sheltered at the Indonesian Embassy waiting for the case to be resolved.
“We took up her case when her family back home inquired at our Ministry of Foreign Affairs about her condition and whereabouts as they had not heard from her or received any remittance for a long time,” Embassy Spokesperson Mohammed Rifqi told DT.
“We managed to track down her sponsor and had a meeting with the both of them. Camellia complained that she was not being paid her salary so we made the employer sign an agreement that he would pay all her unpaid salary and also for her trip back home.
“However, the employer was not able to fulfill these commitments even after being given sufficient time,” said Mr Rifqi.
“She then ran away from her employer and came to our shelter. Now the case is in the Labour Court.
“There is still a dispute about the total amount of the unpaid salary that the employer has to pay but according to Camellia as well as our embassy’s accounting, it amounts to about BD7000.
“Frankly, it is difficult to determine how much is the total because the employer makes random payments not according to their agreement.
“One year she will be paid BD100 and another year she will be given BD200.
“In some years, there was no payment at all.
“Though she was not being paid, she never thought of running away because they treated her like a member of the family.
“They were kind and usually gave her money when she requested money for food or clothes.
“Around BD10 or BD20 would have been paid at a time. This is usually the case around here,” he said.
Camellia is now working for another sponsor and prefers not to leave before her case is resolved.