Singapore business groups warn of ‘complexities’, more traffic jams if firms banned from ferrying workers on back of lorries

SINGAPORE: Any move to eliminate the transportation of workers on the backs of lorries for safety reasons involves “real, practical and operational complexities”, a total of 25 business bodies said in a joint statement on Tuesday (Aug 1).

The business chambers and associations, covering a wide range of industries, were responding to a call on Jul 24 by various advocacy groups and others for a timeline on banning the practice.

The 25 business groups that issued the joint statement: Commitment in Protecting the Lives and Livelihood of Our Workers

  • Association of Small & Medium Enterprises
  • Association of Singapore Marine Industries 
  • Association of Process Industry
  • Commercial Divers Association Singapore 
  • Singapore Association of Ship Suppliers 
  • Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry 
  • Singapore Contractors Association Limited
  • Singapore Fintech Association 
  • Singapore Food Manufacturer’s Association 
  • Singapore Logistics Association
  • Singapore National Employers’ Federation
  • Specialists Trade Alliance of Singapore
  • Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Association
  • Fire Protection Association Singapore
  • Micro Builders Association, Singapore
  • Roofing Association Singapore
  • Security Systems Association of Singapore
  • Singapore Building Materials Suppliers’ Association
  • Singapore Electrical Contractors and Licensed Electrical Workers Association
  • Singapore Electrical Trades Association
  • Singapore Furniture Industries Council
  • Singapore Glass Association
  • Singapore Lift & Escalator Contractors and Manufacturers Association
  • Singapore Plumbing Society
  • Singapore Sanitary Ware Importers and Exporters Association