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Higher bus drivers' wages = Higher fares?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the report “Public transport fare adjustments to take into account bus drivers’ wage increase” (Channel NewsAsia, Dec 6). It states that “Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said on Thursday public transport fare adjustments, due next year, will take into account the need to raise bus drivers’ wages. Mr Lui was speaking for the …

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Higher bus drivers’ wages = Higher fares?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the report “Public transport fare adjustments to take into account bus drivers’ wage increase” (Channel NewsAsia, Dec 6). It states that “Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said on Thursday public transport fare adjustments, due next year, will take into account the need to raise bus drivers’ wages. Mr Lui was speaking for the …

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The indignity that Singapore Bus Drivers (SMRT) have to go through

This is a translation of forum post began by free planet go (自由世界go), now recognized as He Jun Ling, on Baidu’s forum tieba.baidu.com. Mr He was charged final Thursday for his role in the SMRT strike. You should not have forgotten what happened in front of your eyes – a handful of months ago, SBS improved wages for Singaporeans, Malaysians(Malaysians …

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Strike was impromptu

By Terry Xu Our insider source informs TOC that the strike was not a pre-meditated action by the workers but started by a few drivers who stood in front of the chartered bus that was supposed to drive the drivers to the bus depot. The final straw came on 23rd of November when they received their pay, noticing that their …

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SMRT strike: consequences of our Singaporean First principle?

by: Ng Yi Shu This chart, as we might now be familiar with, shows the root cause of what the current SMRT fiasco is about. It is rare to see strikes in Singapore, let alone one that has lasted this long. The last strike by foreign workers was in February this year by a group of foreign workers in Tampines …

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TOC Editorial: SMRT strike should prompt introspection on several fronts

TOC Editorial   Despite the best attempts of the over-cautious mainstream media, the significance of Monday’s strike by over 102 Chinese workers (initial news reports mentioned 200) cannot be played down. The SMRT strike is basically the second strike this year involving foreign workers (news of the first was broken by TOC on 6 February 2012), and the 2 are …

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Many ways to skin a strike

By Howard Lee Strike – to cease work collectively as a protest against working conditions, low pay, etc (www.thefreedictonary.com/strike) It is interesting to note the headlines in our papers that were used to describe the "industrial action" by 102 SMRT bus drivers, as they "refused to take the wheel in protest", participating in a "day-long standoff" in a bid to obtain fairer …

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Strike Strikes Singapore: The Undertones of Industrial Relations

By Gerald Tan Strike strikes Singapore! A strike is defined by Section 5 of the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act (“CLTPA”), to mean “the cessation of work by a body of persons employed in any essential service acting in combination, or a concerted refusal or a refusal under a common understanding of a number of persons who are or who …

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