A second home
Humayan’s fellow workers came from Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, the Philippines, Thailand and mainland China
“The diversity of the workforce was a major challenge,” says Ashfaque Ahmed, Project Manager Hijau. “But we managed to create a real community with a common approach to safety and care.”
On site, leaders launched a programme called AAA: Abang, Ahiyan, Anna, which means “brothers” in Malay, Chinese and Tamil. Theatre plays, posters and daily meetings promoted the importance of family and encouraged workers to treat each other as brothers.
Three separate canteens served Indian, Malay and Chinese food. Project leaders and contract workers ate together, contributing to a strong sense of community. A special committee, including representatives from Shell and contractors, regularly monitored the quality of food and received menu suggestions from workers.
“We really enjoyed the meals,” says Humayan. “And we had more pay to send home because we didn’t need to buy our own food.”
Air-conditioned buses brought workers on site and this service, combined with meal provision on site, freed up more rest time for workers. Across the site conveniently placed water stations were designed to keep everyone well hydrated.