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Industry sector: construction

Toes are cheap

Polash is well-dressed and carries himself with self-assurance. He’s been a responsible son for ten years, working in Singapore supporting his parents, brother and sister in Bangladesh. But now he’s in limbo, waiting for his injury compensation claim to conclude. Your writer looks at him more closely, but cannot tell where he’s been injured. “Three  Continue Reading »

980,000 work permit holders as at June 2014

New data released by the Ministry of Manpower (source) show increases across all categories of foreign work passes during the first six months of 2014. The data period has also changed; where MOM used to report workforce numbers as at December each year, this time MOM reported for the mid-year point. This is consistent with  Continue Reading »

Memorandum on required training for construction sector workers

By John Gee In 2011, when looking into the costs Bangladeshis face in coming to work in Singapore’s construction industry, one of the expenses about which the research team asked workers was that of training. They quickly discovered that, though the workers had to pay significant amounts to training centres to gain skills that would qualify them to  Continue Reading »

Half of construction workers deployed outside their skill areas

The report Training centres in Bangladesh have become money-minting machines (published September 2013) was based on research done in Dhaka. Drawing from anecdotal information, we asserted in the paper that “Most workers report that their Singapore jobs are unrelated to the skills they trained for.” This anecdotal information was from workers whom Transient Workers Count Too  Continue Reading »

Malaysians form the largest group of work permit holders by nationality

In yet another example of the Ministry of Manpower releasing data in dribs and drabs, Kevin Teoh, the divisional director of MOM’s Foreign Manpower Management Division told the Committee of Inquiry looking into the Little India riots: Mr Teoh also clarified that of the 1.1 million foreign non-domestic workers in Singapore, about 330,000 were employment pass and  Continue Reading »

Nine worksite fatalities in January 2014

Nine worksite fatalities were recorded in the first month of 2014, reported the Straits Times (ST, 30 Jan 2014, Structure collapse kills one, injures 10 workers in Sentosa, by Yeo Sam Jo). The latest victim was a 36-year-old Chinese national working on a project on Sentosa. Ten others were injured Wednesday 29 January when the  Continue Reading »

Sri Lankan and Filipino construction workers coming soon

The Straits Times reported, 22 August 2013, that Singapore is looking to Sri Lanka and the Philippines as regular sources of construction workers. “The first 20 Sri Lankan construction workers who were trained at a Building and Construction Authority (BCA) approved training centre in Colombo will arrive in Singapore next Friday, bringing some relief to  Continue Reading »

Left for dead, Jitu finds his feet again

By Spiegel Back home in Shariatpur, Bangladesh, he left behind a wife and four young, school-going children. Far away in Singapore, he sought a better living. If only for just eight months, he did find it. But a horrific workplace accident would cost him nearly everything. His name is Jitu. After paying an agent $4,000  Continue Reading »