Last week, it was reported that some migrant workers at the Jalan Tukang dormitory were feeling frustrated at the delays in facilitating the move of confirmed Covid-19 cases. Some workers reportedly also slept along the corridors to prevent transmitting the virus to the others. That must have been a stressful and unpleasant situation for the workers, to say the least.
To better understand the situation and render help, staff from the Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC) and also union representatives from the Shipbuilding Marine Engineering Employees’ Union, visited the dormitory. They spoke to nearly 200 workers and offered help for the issues they were facing.
MOM resolved the situation at Jalan Tukang dorm
During their conversations with the workers, MWC found that the workers acknowledged that the authorities had “promptly” responded and resolved the situation by working with the dorm operators. Thankfully, after the intervention, the transfer process for Covid-positive cases became more timely and smoother.
MWC also found that some workers did not fully understand the measures which may have contributed to the confusion previously. Thereafter, MWC is working with MOM to improve communication with the workers by producing and distributing educational materials that are in the workers’ native languages.
Feedback regarding food options has been taken into account
MWC said that they had given feedback regarding the food provided. The employers and dorm management are currently looking into improving the food catered to the workers and will need some time to improve it.
Nevertheless, MWC stressed that the “care, wellbeing and dignity” afforded to the workers are of utmost importance. They called for dormitory operators to continue lending their support to the workers and look after their needs.
Indeed. Singapore has definitely learnt from the Covid experience last year. It’s important to continue prioritising the workers’ welfare, ensuring both their physical and emotional wellbeing.