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Singapore to deport Chinese bus drivers in strike

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 December, 2012, 5:33pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 December, 2012, 6:07pm

Singapore will deport 29 mainland Chinese bus drivers and prosecute five others for taking part in the city-state’s first strike since the 1980s, the government said on Saturday.

The Ministry of Manpower said in a statement that 29 drivers’ work permits had been revoked and immigration officials “will be repatriating them” for involvement in a two-day stoppage to demand better pay and working conditions.

“The strike was planned and premeditated. It disrupted our public transport which is an essential service, and posed a threat to public order,” the statement said.

A fifth driver has been arrested and will be charged in addition to four others who have been brought to court for allegedly instigating the November 26-27 work stoppage at state-linked transport firm SMRT.

If found guilty of involvement in an illegal strike, they could be jailed for up to a year or fined a maximum of S$2,000 (US$1,600) – the equivalent of two months’ wages for a driver.

Strikes are illegal in Singapore for workers in “essential services” such as transport unless they give 14 days’ prior notice and comply with other requirements.


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So, why did Singapore decide to hire the Chinese en masse for the job in the first place???
To work, not to strike and create trouble. They can do the latter at home in China and get lock up indefinitely if they want.


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