Tag Archives: SMRT

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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On Train announcements and Language Rights

If you are a frequent commuter on the North-South and East-West Lines, you should have noticed for a few months now a new announcement made when a train pulls into the station. The stations’ names are now also announced in its Mandarin form, following English. So, big deal. Singapore officially recognises four languages. Important train announcements have always been made …

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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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Bus drivers: Trying to make sense out of the numbers?

By Leong Sze Hian   I refer to the article “SMRT bus drivers can return to five-day week – without pay rise” (ST, Sep 29).http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/smrt-bus-drivers-can-return-5-day-week-without-pay-rise-20120929   Wage increase: Back to square one? Giving bus drivers the option to return to a five-day week without a pay rise, may be making a mockery of the wage re-structuring exercise. After all, wasn’t the …

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The “record” $2 million fine

Gordon Lee   On 16 July, LTA announced a record $2 million fine for SMRT, or 1.4% of SMRT’s forecast profit.[1] These figures were splashed over the national newspapers, presumably intending to create a “shock and awe” effect, and to produce the impression that the LTA takes a tough stance on service disruptions. Is the fine significant? Let the market …

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A fine? Or just a slap on the wrist?

SBS Transit, which runs the majority of bus services here, was fined $4,500. Some of its services were overcrowded, while the waiting times of others were too long. SMRT was fined $100 for one instance in which one of its services was found to be overcrowded. Straits Times

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