Construction firms set to be able to seek relief for increased foreign manpower costs under Covid-19 bill, Politics News & Top Stories

 Construction firms set to be able to seek relief for increased foreign manpower costs under Covid-19 bill, Politics News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Construction firms here will soon be able to seek relief for higher foreign manpower costs from their contract partners if their workers’ salaries have been affected as a result of Covid-19 related measures.

This will be done through an amendment to the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act Bill that was introduced in Parliament on Monday (May 10).

The draft law comes as construction firms here grapple with increased manpower costs due to entry restrictions set by the Government on workers from countries such as India and Bangladesh due to surging Covid-19 cases, which has constricted the pool of foreign workers here.

Manpower costs may also come under pressure should source countries impose travel restrictions on their citizens and residents due to the pandemic, which prevents them from travelling to Singapore to work.

The Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) (Amendment No. 3) Bill was tabled on a Certificate of Urgency, which…

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