The special iftar celebrates the diversity in the project team and is also an early Raya observance for Muslim workers who are far away from home.
“Ramadan is a month of generosity, giving and benevolence, and is also one of solidarity, kindness and mercy. This very special session is to thank and celebrate with our Muslim partners as they continue working hard to create the best places with this project during Ramadan, and for everyone in the project that has been helping, caring and watching out for them,” said Richard Paine, Managing Director, Paya Lebar Quarter, Lendlease.
Muslim workers make up 65 per cent of the site’s current 500-strong workforce. Initiatives implemented on site to ensure the health and wellbeing of workers and staff during this month includes: stickers on hardhats to help workers know who to look out for and translations of Islamic Irsyad (religious decree) into Bengali for the Bangladeshi majority of workers.
“Lendlease believes in a culture of care and one of its success metrics is measured by the health and wellbeing of all workers and employees involved in the project. With all our projects, we strive to be a place that cares for each and every person, making sure work is safe and productive, and the health and wellbeing of employees is our priority,” added Paine.
The company will be rolling out a biometric system for all workers to ensure that workers get adequate rest, by preventing access for those who have worked the maximum amount of hours allowed a week.
This is on top of the regular dormitory visits conducted to review living conditions of workers, and various health and well-being initiatives onsite. These include a canteen with an onsite cook, sheltered and well-ventilated rest areas with clean shower facilities, regular health checkups and air-conditioned buses for workers to travel directly to-and-from their dormitories to the work site.