DT: An employer has been given ultimatum until Tuesday (July 26) to pay nearly BD6,000 in outstanding dues to his housemaid, DT has learnt.
The Embassy first handled her case in 2009 when her family back in Indonesia enquired at the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the condition and whereabouts of Camellia as they had neither heard from her nor received any remittance from her for a long time. They managed to track down Camellia and her sponsor, and had them both report at the former Indonesian consulate (now Embassy(.
The consulate made the employer sign an agreement that he would pay Camellia's unpaid salary and also give money for her repatriation by February 2010.
However, the employer did not fulfil his promise which prompted her to run away and seek shelter at the Indonesian Embassy.
Embassy First Secretary Mohammed Rifqi said, “They have already met at the Ministry of Labour and it was agreed that the employer would pay the unpaid salary within 12 days, starting from July 14. After that, she will immediately be repatriated to Indonesia".
The delay in payment of housemaids’ salaries is a very common issue handled by the Indonesian Embassy. At times, the non-payment goes on for months or even years as the housemaids trust their employers owing to the good treatment meted out to them.