11 Feb '12, 3pm

Need for sustainable growth, workers' welfare: expert

SINGAPORE: Companies in the construction industry are calling for more resources to be set aside to ensure the welfare of foreign workers. They said labour must also be fully utilised for the industry to grow in a sustainable way. The call comes after the National Development Ministry said some 30,000 foreign workers will be needed for public housing alone this year - almost double the number of last year. The Housing and Development Board (HDB) is expected to release some 25,000 Build-to-Order (BTO) units this year. This, in a bid to ramp up affordable housing, especially for first-time home owners. For the construction industry, this news comes as a mixed blessing, amid an uncertain economic outlook. Dr Ho Nyok Yong, president of the Singapore Contractors Association, said: "This is a good opportunity for our contractors, our members to get more HDB projects. Simple as t...

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