Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Wage dispute? Protest? Or strike?

Did the PRC drivers really went on strike?



This is our ST tactic of calling the industrial action by PRC bus drivers working for SMRT a strike without being responsible for saying so after inviting the ire of readers.

Strike is such a taboo word. Everyone is afraid of what it might invite to their careers and business if they would be brave enough to call this a strike. Even the foreign media was extremely careful. Netizens and bloggers couldn't care less. Just as in days of a bygone era, Chinese on the streets made fun of high ranking mandarins calling a spade a spade. Junior mandarins and the well connected kept a low profile and distance themselves. Emperors were protected only because you could lose your head for telling as it was.

That's life. Only the kid thought nothing wrong of telling the emperor he had no clothes! What ST had done is to give us a picture of what a nude person looks like and let us judge if we are seeing a naked fellow for ourselves. 

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No-show by SMRT bus drivers a strike or protest?


Bus drivers involved in wage dispute leaving their Woodlands dormitory. (PHOTO/TODAY)

102 SMRT bus drivers, all China nationals, refused to turn up for work on Monday over pay dispute, and on Tuesday morning, over half of those involved did not show up for work again.

There's been a lot of talk about why the media and even the Manpower Ministry and SMRT have not been calling the wage protest a strike.

Instead, terms like "sit-in", "sit-out", "protest", "did not show up for work" were used.


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Singapore bus firm hit by second day of strike action - BBC News
BBC News, 27 Nov 2012
Singapore bus and underground railway company SMRT has said that strike action taken by some of its bus drivers over wages has gone into a second day.
The company said that some 60 drivers, all of whom were recruited from China, failed to turn up for work on Tuesday.
This follows similar action on Monday, when the company said that more than 100 drivers failed to turn up for work. Industrial action does not happen very often in Singapore, and the last major strike took place in 1986. Full story

Related:
  1. Defiant Chinese drivers continue pay protest in Singapore - Free Malaysia Today
  2. Some of no-show bus drivers still not back to work in Singapore - People's Daily Online
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SMRT's PRC Bus Drivers Strike Draws International Media's Attention


  1. Chinese bus drivers in Singapore in rare labor protest - CNBC.com
  2. Chinese bus drivers in Singapore in rare labor protest - Reuters
  3. Above 100 Bus Drivers Refuse to Go to Work in Singapore - CRIEnglish.com
  4. Chinese bus drivers in Singapore in rare labor protest - The Baltimore Sun 
  5. Chinese bus drivers strike in Singapore in rare labor protest - MSN News 
  6. No-show bus drivers agree to return to work in Singapore - Xinhua 
  7. 200 bus drivers refuse to work - Malaysia Star 
  8. Chinese bus drivers in Singapore in rare labour protest - The Malaysian Insider
SMRT bus drivers speak out


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Singapore Police Stand Guard as SMRT Bus Drivers Refuse to Work

Singapore police stood watch at a workers’ dormitory as bus drivers from SMRT Corp. (MRT) skipped work for a second day after a wage dispute, in a rare public display of industrial discord in the island nation.

About 60 bus drivers didn’t turn up for work this morning, some with valid medical reasons, SMRT, Singapore’s biggest subway operator that also runs bus services, said in an e-mailed statement. SMRT said yesterday that 102 of its drivers, all from China, didn’t report for duty.

“We continue to keep our communications open with the service leaders,” SMRT said, referring to the drivers. The company is “also working with the relevant authorities to find an amicable resolution,” it said.

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Chinese bus drivers in Singapore in rare labor protest

At least 100 Chinese bus drivers in Singapore refused to go to work on Monday to protest against changes to their employment terms, media said, in a rare show of defiance in a city-state where industrial action is almost unheard of.

The drivers, employed by public transport operator SMRT Corp, were unhappy about having to switch to a six-day work-week with higher pay from a five-day week. The change meant less opportunity to earn overtime pay, the Chinese-language Lianhe Zaobao newspaper reported on its website.

Pictures published by Shin Min Daily News, another Chinese-language paper, showed drivers gathered on the grounds of a dormitory where they live, with policemen and vehicles belonging to riot police around the premises.

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Above 100 Bus Drivers Refuse to Go to Work in Singapore

More than 100 Chinese bus drivers working in Singapore took medical leave and refused to go to work on Monday over differences in a recent pay rise.

The online edition of local newpapers said the bus drivers employed by local public transport operator SMRT were unhappy that the Malaysian drivers received a pay increase of 275 Singapore dollars (225 U.S. dollars) with one month bonus pay, while the Chinese drivers got an increase of 75 Singapore dollars without any bonus.

One of the drivers said a change from five work days to six also means they earn less in wages for over-time work. They also complained about the poor conditions at their dormitory and deductions from their wages for medical leaves

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Chinese bus drivers in Singapore in rare labour protest

At least 100 Chinese bus drivers in Singapore refused to go to work today to protest against changes to their employment terms, media said, in a rare show of defiance in a city-state where industrial action is almost unheard of

The drivers, employed by public transport operator SMRT Corp, were unhappy about having to switch to a six-day work-week with higher pay from a five-day week. The change meant less opportunity to earn overtime pay, the Chinese-language Lianhe Zaobao newspaper reported on its website.

Pictures published by Shin Min Daily News, another Chinese-language paper, showed drivers gathered on the grounds of a dormitory where they live, with policemen and vehicles belonging to riot police around the premises

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Report says 60 SMRT PRC bus drivers did not show up for work this morning

Hardwarezone Forum, 27 Nov 2012



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Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act (Singapore)

Part III prohibits strikes and lock-outs in the electricity, gas and water service industries. It also renders illegal such actions taken in respect of other essential services unless 14 days' notice has been given, or during the course of proceedings taken to resolve trade disputes. [Link]

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Over 100 SMRT's PRC bus drivers went on strike on Monday morning over wage dispute, riot police called in


Yahoo! News Singapore, 26 Nov 2012

Over 100 SMRT bus drivers from China went on a full-day strike on Monday, protesting a disparity in salary between them and other foreign bus captains.

According to SMRT, 102 bus captains failed to turn up for work. Drivers staying at dormitories in Woodlands were joined by roughly 50 to 60 others housed at dormitories in Serangoon from as early as before 8am, assembling in an open area outside before SMRT staff arrived to negotiate with them.

Police deployed several crowd control vehicles to the area throughout the day as well, with four special operations command vehicles spotted leaving the area at about 5:30pm. Full story

Also read:
  1. NTUC plays SMRT drivers out by accepting unfavourable proposal from transport company
  2. Bus Service Drivers Blow the Whistle On SMRT
  3. Disappointed with Ong Ye Kung's inaction, SMRT bus drivers petition directly to Lim Swee Say to get back 5-day work week
  4. SMRT "pay rise" exposes Ong Ye Kung (SMRT Board Director cum NTUC Director) hypocrisy 
  5. OPINION: Strike by PRC bus drivers illegal - will govt take punitive action? - Where Bears Roam Free 
  6. SMRT's PRC Bus Drivers Strike Draws International Media's Attention 
  7. SMRT's chinese bus drivers air their grievances online before going on strike - TR Emeritus 
  8. VIDEO: SMRT's Striking PRC Bus Drivers Express Their Unhappiness To Reporters About Singaporeans Getting Higher Pay Than Them
In 1980 the Singapore Airlines Pilots' Association called for a members' work-to-rule action and, in doing so, disrupted the schedules of several Singapore Airlines' (SIA) flights. Lee Kuan Yew personally confronted the pilots.

Related:
  1. PRC bus drivers on strike! - mrbrown.com
  2. Breaking: 200 SMRT PRC bus drivers went on strike! - TR Emeritus 
  3. Above 100 Bus Drivers Refuse to Go to Work in Singapore - CRIEnglish.com 
  4. SMRT launched massive recruitment drive for PRC bus drivers in China - TR Emeritus 
  5. About 100 SMRT bus drivers refuse to go to work - inSing.com
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SMRT: ‘We are not looking at arresting people’


Some 60 SMRT bus drivers didn’t show up for work this morning and stayed in their dormitory. They were part of the 102 bus drivers who were involved in a protest regarding pay-related matters yesterday.

The drivers, who are from China, were urged yesterday to return to work. Read report: About 100 SMRT bus drivers refuse to go to work

Police were present at the dormitory this morning

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SMRT wage protest sees no show by 60 drivers

SMRT confirms that 60 of the 102 drivers involved in a wage protest yesterday did not show up for work today.

A statement from SMRT says that some 60 drivers "did not turn up for work in the morning, some of whom have valid medical reasons".

SMRT adds that some bus services may have been affected this morning as a result, and it has activated other drivers to assist.

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SMRT's chinese bus drivers air their grievances online before going on strike

TR Emeritus, 26 Nov 2012
It has been reported by netizens that the SMRT PRC bus drivers had actually published their grievances online earlier, late yesterday night (25 Nov) at about 11pm before they went on strike this morning (26 Nov). That is, they “refused to start work” this morning.

The title of the posting uses a provocative heading, “PRC bus drivers have awakened”. It was supposed to be originally posted on Baidu website but was deleted. It was then posted on a popular PRC website in Singapore, Sgchinese...Full story


VIDEO: SMRT's Striking PRC Bus Drivers Express To Reporters Their Unhappiness About Singaporeans Getting Higher Pay Than Them



SMRT bus drivers publish their grievances online before they go on strike

t has been reported by netizens that the SMRT PRC bus drivers had actually published their grievances online earlier, late yesterday night (25 Nov) at about 11pm before they went on strike this morning (26 Nov). That is, they “refused to start work” this morning.

The title of the posting uses a provocative heading, “PRC bus drivers have awakened”. It was supposed to be originally posted on Baidu website but was deleted. It was then posted on a popular PRC website in Singapore, Sgchinese:
http://bbs.sgchinese.net/thread-6091945-1-1.html


Translation (provided by http://repolitlebijou.blogspot.sg):

SMRT has a total of about 400 Bus Drivers coming from China which is about 1/3 of their total staff strength for Bus Drivers.

For many years, excluding the 13th month bonus which you are only entitled to after working for a min. of 12 months, China Staff salary have been a lot lower than staff from other countries. The last increment of $50 SGD was still considered reasonable but at the same time, the company also increased the workload of the bus drivers by multiple fold. Everyday, the buses have to be inspected in perfect condition and it seems that instead of a pay increment, they are using the extra $50 as an excuse to increase workload that is worth a lot more than the $50 SGD. This is exactly like the behaviour of a boss for a small store and not of a big company/organization.


Will Govt take action against the illegal strike by PRC bus drivers?

SMRT drivers on strike. Big news, huh? Not really, it was coming our way all along. A break point would be hit sometime.
This is something we have not seen in many years. The last strike was sanctioned by the govt through PAP’s proxy, NTUC. The last time we had unsanctioned strikes on a regular basis was in the 1950s. Again, it was staged by the bus companies’ workers.
200 SMRT bus drivers refuse to go to work over pay issue

About 200 SMRT bus drivers refused to go to work early Monday morning and instead assembled at their dormitory in Woodlands. — PHOTO: SHIN MIN
About 200 SMRT bus drivers refused to go to work early Monday morning and instead assembled at their dormitory in Woodlands.
The drivers, who are Chinese nationals, were unhappy about the recent pay increase that Malaysian drivers had received, reported Chinese newspaper Shin Min Daily News.
Malaysian drivers got a $275 increment and a month’s bonus, while Chinese nationals were paid $75 extra without any bonus.
An SMRT human resource executive was called in to resolve the dispute but when the discussion came to a standstill, police with their riot vans were called.
The strike staged by the PRC nationals is illegal. Here is the statute regulating strikes. TRADE DISPUTES ACT (CHAPTER 331)

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Mainstream media avoid the word ’strike’



With regard to the industrial action carried out by the SMRT PRC bus drivers today (‘Breaking: 200 SMRT PRC bus drivers went on strike!‘, 26 Nov), the mainstream media have also published their reports. However, they have avoided using the term ‘on strike’ in their articles.

Chinese mainstream paper, Zaobao, reported that hundreds of SMRT PRC bus drivers refused to start work:
SMRT百多中国籍司机今早拒开工
(联合早报网讯)联合早报记者魏瑜嶙报道,不满工资和住宿条件,百多名中国籍的SMRT巴士车长集体请病假,今早拒绝开工。
据一名受访车长透露,今天“请病假”的主要是来自克兰芝和兀兰车厂的车长。后来,一些宏茂桥车厂的司机也临时决定加入,目前无法确定全部有多少人。
他们聚集在兀兰员工宿舍,SMRT人员还在同他们协商。但据记者观察,现场并没有出现混乱的情况。
来自江苏王姓车长(36岁)告诉记者, 中国籍车长的基本薪水本来就比新加坡和马来西亚籍司机低,加上自从五天制改成六天制后,他们几乎没有什么加班的机会。以前一个月包括加班可赚2000多 元,现在只有1400元左右。他们也对宿舍环境差和请病假必须扣薪水的做法表示不满。
(联合早报网讯)联合早报记者魏瑜嶙报道,不满工资和住宿条件,百多名中国籍的SMRT巴士车长集体请病假,今早拒绝开工。
Translation (provided by http://repolitlebijou.blogspot.sg):
Unsatisfied with their salary and living conditions of their accomodation, 100 + SMRT Bus Captains who originated from China applied for Sick Leave and refused to start work today.
According to one of the Bus Captains, the people who applied for Sick Leave today are mainly from Kranji and Woodlands bus routes but later on, some of the bus captains from the Ang Mo Kio bus route also decided to join in. Right now, they are unable to determine how many people are involved in this “strike”.
The Bus Captains are now gathering in their Woodlands Staff Quarters and SMRT people are currently engaged in discussions with them. There is no disorder or unruly behaviour for now as observed by the reporter.
A bus captain from Jiangsu Province (36 years of age) revealed to the reporter that originally, the Bus Captains from China already have lower pay than those from Singapore and Malaysia. Furthermore, after their official working days were changed to 6 working days instead of 5, they now have even lesser chance to earn Overtime (“OT”) pay. In the past, they could still manage to earn 2000 over Singapore dollars but now only around 1400 Singapore dollars. The living conditions are also bad and if they do apply for Sick Leave, their salary will be docked. These are also part of the main reasons why they are unhappy with the SMRT Management besides the salary issue.
The Straits Times reported with this heading, ‘200 SMRT bus drivers refuse to go to work over pay issue’. Again, there is no mention of the word ’strike’ in their report, only that the bus drivers “refuse” to go to work over pay issue:

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SMRT statement on mainland Chinese bus drivers' protest


A group of bus drivers seen leaving their Woodlands dormitory on the evening of Nov 26, 2012. SMRT released a statement apologising to commuters and the public on Nov 26, 2012. -- ST PHOTO: RAJ NADARAJAN

Transport operator SMRT has just released this statement on the mainland Chinese bus drivers who did not turn up for work this morning:

"This morning, 102 of our Service Leaders (SLs) for our buses who were recruited from China (PRC) did not show up for work. As a result of their absence, a number of our bus services were affected. We apologise to commuters and the public who were inconvenienced by the affected bus services.

In recent salary adjustments for our SLs, SMRT gave salary increment to all SLs who joined the company before July 2012. These 102 PRC SLs were not happy with their increment. We regret that they chose to express their unhappiness about their salaries in this manner, especially when our lines of communication with them are always open.

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PRC bus drivers on strike!


[Photo via SPH]

Wah, 200 PRC SMRT bus drivers went on strike and the riot police were called in. Mainstream media seems slow in reporting this leh. I so far only see TODAY reporting it. Maybe they must double confirm first. Maybe it is not a "strike" but an "unhappy gathering".

Oh wait! Straits Times just reported it! Their headline is "200 SMRT bus drivers refuse to go to work over pay issue".
Cannot use the word "strike" issit? Must use "refuse to go to work over pay issue" ah? Hahahaha!

CNA's headline is: "SMRT bus drivers who refused to go to work in talks with management". In other news, the RSAF is rumoured to be renaming their F15 fighter jet to F15 "Refuse to go to work over pay issue" Eagle.


Maybe the foreign drivers nair watch this video of LKY when he dealt with the 1980 Singapore Airlines Pilots' Association work-to-rule action and kicked everybody's ass.

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PRC bus drivers strike: Get to the heart of the matter

On Monday morning, slightly over 100 PRC bus drivers went on strike. They were dissatisfied over recent pay increases that benefited other bus drivers more.

According to Shin Min Daily News, Malaysian bus drivers received a $275 increment and a month’s bonus, while Chinese nationals received only a $75 increment without any bonus.

A report from LianHe ReBao (联合早报) also said that the PRC drivers were unhappy over the lack of overtime pay, as well as poor living conditions at the hostel.

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Non-unionisation of PRC drivers betrays NTUC's aversion towards foreigners

 
 The National Transport Workers' Union (NTWU) has issued a press statement on the SMRT bus drivers' dispute. The union said that it does not have the legal mandate to represent the PRC bus workers of SMRT as they are not union members.

Yes, the big hypocritical talk by our PAPpy leaders about integration of foreigners in our land, goading Sinkies to accept them is all one big fat bull. When it comes to their own organisations, they run far far away from the issue!

Yesterday's strike staged by SMRT drivers, who make up of mainland Chinese, was an eye-opener in more ways than one. In my opinion, the biggest eye-opener is the hypocritical attitude the govt has towards foreigners themselves.

NTWU says it can't act for SMRT's bus workers from PRC

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First Strike


Lessons imported from China: Protest 101

First, the latest details available on the development. The industrial action began at the crack of dawn when 103 disgruntled SMRT bus drivers congregated illegally at their Woodlands Depot dormitory on Monday at 4 am. Lest we forget, the amended Singapore law determines that one lone standing person can constitute an illegal assembly. They steadfastly refused to board the buses provided by their employer to ferry them to their contractual work obligations. Instead of being arrested for their audacious affront to authority they were merely "given until noon by SMRT to return to work". Another 60 SMRT workers from the Serangoon dormitory arrived to join the picket, which could explain the earlier report of 200 belligerent Chinese nationals on site. The "talks" ended at 6 pm, with no agreement reached. Zorro, with or without mask or cape, was nowhere in sight.

"We're not comparing our salaries with the Singaporeans. We just wanted to be treated fairly like all the other foreigners," was the quote attributed to one of the strikers. One PRC national from Jiangsu Province told Chinese media Zaobao that the bus captains from China are paid less than those from Singapore and Malaysia.

The Straits Times initially reported the story with the heading, "200 SMRT bus drivers refuse to go to work over pay issue". The English word for that descriptive is strike, defined in the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary and Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press as "when workers refuse to continue working because of an argument with an employer about working conditions, pay levels or job losses". The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English explains: if a group of workers strike, they stop working as a protest against something relating to their work, for example how much they are paid, bad working conditions.

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PRC bus drivers acknowledge citizenship has privileges

The one day strike by the PRC drivers for SMRT buses caused a stir like a storm in a tea cup. It was greeted with cheers when it was announced. It was something that no one thought would happen in this peaceful and richest island in the world. It was more entertaining than anything else and with SMRT involved, gave it a more hilarious twist.

What was the issue for the strike. According to reports, the PRC drivers were unhappy that they were doing the same jobs as Malaysian drivers but were paid less. If this is factually correct, then management would have to answer for it. A word of caution, in such a situation, one must compare apple with apple. Is the nature of work similar? Are seniority and performance factors included? Are the PRC drivers being provided with free or subsidized accommodation that the Malaysian drivers were not? One has to take into account the whole compensation package and other relevant factors into consideration before making a judgement.

One interesting point raised by the PRC drivers is that they don’t mind being paid less than Sinkies, an acknowledgement that this is Sinkie country. And this point is relevant. Citizenship has its advantages. Otherwise might as well throw the piece of paper into the dustbin or flush it down the loo.

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Alternative names for a Singapore bus drivers' strike



Since the mainstream media seems very reluctant to call a strike a strike, I asked my Twitter followers for alternative names to call a #busstrike:

1. @mrbrown: Alternative names for SMRT #busstrike: Mass MC.
2. @mrbrown: Alternative names for SMRT #busstrike: Unhappy Gathering.
3. @mrbrown: Alternative names for SMRT #busstrike: Co-ordinated Smoke Break.

You know what SMRT can do to fix this bus strike? Cable ties.

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SMRT's bus drivers say they are unhappy with salary and living conditions

Salary and cramped living conditions - SMRT's bus drivers from mainland China who didn't turn up for work on Monday told The Straits Times that these are their main grouses.

Early on Monday, 102 of them - and not about 200 as earlier reported - didn't turn up for work.

Some drivers living in a dormitory in Serangoon joined others at a Woodlands dormitory to express their unhappiness.

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SMRT bus drivers protest against pay


About 200 SMRT bus drivers refused to go to work early Monday morning and instead assembled at their dormitory in Woodlands. -- PHOTO: SHIN MIN

More than 100 SMRT bus drivers refused to go to work early Monday morning and instead assembled at their dormitory in Woodlands.

The drivers, who are Chinese nationals, were unhappy about the recent pay increase that Malaysian drivers had received, reported Chinese newspaper Shin Min Daily News.
Malaysian drivers got a $275 increment and a month's bonus, while Chinese nationals were paid $75 extra without any bonus.

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About 100 SMRT bus drivers refuse to go to work

 

About 100 bus drivers from China and their leaders refused to go to work this morning because they were reportedly unhappy over pay-related matters.

A spokesperson from SMRT, which runs a quarter of the bus fleet in Singapore, told inSing News that the number of workers were 102, not 200 as reported by a Chinese daily earlier. The company’s management is now in talks with them over the issue.

The drivers have not left their dormitory and SMRT personnel were there to attend to the situation. The police and riot vehicles were also deployed to the site in Woodlands.

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SMRT bus drivers who refused to go to work in talks with management

SMRT bus drivers who refused to go to work in talks with management. Police are present for law and order and are not involved in negotiations. (PHOTO/TODAY)
SMRT bus drivers who refused to go to work in talks with management. Police are present for law and order and are not involved in negotiations. (PHOTO/TODAY)

Public transport provider SMRT said that it is in talks with its bus drivers who refused to go to work on Monday.

A spokesman for SMRT said the 102 bus drivers involved were from China and their service leaders are currently in talks with SMRT management.

SMRT said earlier reports that nearly 200 bus drivers were involved were incorrect.

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National Transport Workers' Union responds to SMRT bus drivers dispute

MRT Bus and MRT. Public transport. Transportation. Photo by OOI BOON KEONG. BK291106.

The National Transport Workers' Union (NTWU) have issued the following statement in response to today's SMRT bus drivers' dispute:

The National Transport Workers' Union (NTWU) does not have the legal mandate to represent the PRC bus workers of SMRT as they are not union members. We urge these workers to return to work immediately as public transport is an essential service for the members of the public.

They should approach the Ministry of Manpower or Migrant Workers Centre for assistance. We also urge the workers and management to work together to resolve their disagreement.

NTWU is prepared to help in the discussions, if the two parties welcome the involvement of the union. We hope matters can be resolved as soon as possible so as to minimize impact on commuters and other SMRT workers who have to put in extra hours to cover the duties of those who do not show up for work.

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Full coverage
SMRT wage protest sees no show by 60 drivers
TODAYonline - ‎31 minutes ago‎
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Singapore Police Stand Guard as SMRT Bus Drivers Refuse to Work
Businessweek - ‎37 minutes ago‎
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No-show by 60 SMRT bus drivers
Straits Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
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Not all SMRT bus drivers back at work
Straits Times - ‎2 hours ago‎
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SMRT bus drivers stage wage protest
AsiaOne - ‎3 hours ago‎
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About 100 SMRT bus drivers refuse to go to work
inSing.com News - ‎2 hours ago‎
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200 bus drivers refuse to work
The Star Online - ‎4 hours ago‎
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SMRT bus drivers say they are unhappy with pay, living conditions
Straits Times - ‎6 hours ago‎
The Woodlands dormitory where the bus drivers live. Salary and cramped living conditions are the main grouses of SMRT's bus drivers from mainland China who didn't turn up for work on Monday. -- ST PHOTO: RAJ NADARAJAN. By Royston Sim. Salary and ...
Photo gallery: SMRT bus drivers refuse to go to work over pay issue
Straits Times - ‎7 hours ago‎
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Bus drivers refuse to take wheel in protest
TODAYonline - ‎7 hours ago‎
SINGAPORE - In the first incident of its kind in over two decades, 102 SMRT bus drivers yesterday staged an industrial action by refusing to get behind the wheel, disrupting commutes for some and forcing other employees of the company to do extra duty.
Chinese bus drivers stage work stoppage in Singapore
Bangkok Post - ‎13 hours ago‎
More than 100 mainland Chinese bus drivers in Singapore refused to work on Monday in a rare case of labour mass action in the city-state. Policemen stand by the entrance to a foreign workers' dormitory in Singapore on November 26. More than 100 ...
NTWU says it can't act for SMRT's bus workers from China
AsiaOne - ‎13 hours ago‎
"The National Transport Workers' Union (NTWU) does not have the legal mandate to represent the People's Republic of China bus workers of SMRT as they are not union members. RELATED STORIES. SMRT's bus drivers say they are unhappy with salary ...
Chinese bus drivers in Singapore refuse to go to work
AsiaOne - ‎13 hours ago‎
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SMRT respond to bus drivers' dispute
TODAYonline - ‎14 hours ago‎
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SMRT concludes talks with no-show bus drivers
Channel News Asia - ‎17 hours ago‎
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SMRT bus drivers who refused to go to work in talks with management
TODAYonline - ‎18 hours ago‎
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No-show bus drivers agree to return to work in Singapore
Nzweek - ‎15 hours ago‎
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Above 100 Bus Drivers Refuse to Go to Work in Singapore
CRIENGLISH.com - ‎17 hours ago‎
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Idiotic of Singapore MRT to only add station name announcements in Chinese ...
The Malaysian Insider - ‎Nov 25, 2012‎
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