Chinese bus drivers

Briefs, December 13, 2012

Wang Xianjie (right), one of four arrested Chinese bus drivers. Photo: AFP

 A Japanese woman at the centre of a multiple murder case who reportedly coerced people into starving family members to death has been found dead in her cell. Miyoko Sumida, 64, was the chief suspect in an investigation that has transfixed low-crime Japan since three decaying corpses were discovered in an empty house where she once lived. 

Thursday, 13 December, 2012, 4:20am

Activists slam Singapore crackdown on Chinese strikers

Members of a labour union hold placards with pictures of Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong reading 'Release the striking bus driver, restrict a charge' near the Singapore Consulate General in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Photo: AP

Activists expressed outrage on Wednesday over Singapore’s crackdown on Chinese bus drivers who staged the city-state’s first industrial strike in 26 years to demand better pay.

5 Dec 2012 - 8:00pm 11 comments

Briefs, December 4, 2012

An Immigration and Checkpoint Authority vehicle leaves the Admiralty West prison where mainland Chinese SMRT bus drivers were taken in on December 1, 2012. Photo: AFP

A Chinese immigrant bus driver was sentenced to six weeks in prison for his involvement in Singapore's first labour strike in 26 years. Pushing for the jail term as a deterrent, the prosecution argued that although Bao Feng Shan, 38, was not an instigator of the strike, he was "far from a mere passive participant".

4 Dec 2012 - 5:06am

Singapore to deport 29 striking Chinese-national bus drivers

A policeman looks on as foreign workers enter their dormitory in Singapore on November 26, 2012. Photo: AFP

Singapore will deport 29 bus drivers to China and prosecute five others for taking part in the city state's first strike since the 1980s. The order from the Ministry of Manpower came a day after Beijing urged Singapore to respect the workers' legal rights while also cautioning its citizens to obey local laws.

2 Dec 2012 - 4:39am

Singapore's first strike in 26 years peters out

Foreign workers wait for their transportation to work outside their dormitory in Singapore on Monday. Photo: AFP

Singapore’s first strike in 26 years petered out on Wednesday with most of the Chinese bus drivers who had stopped working to demand higher pay reporting for duty.

State-linked transport operator SMRT said only six drivers failed to turn up during the morning shift, compared to a total of 171 on Monday, and the company was investigating why they were absent.

28 Nov 2012 - 7:52pm

Scores of Chinese bus drivers continue strike in Singapore

A policeman (R) looks on as foreign workers enter their dormitory in Singapore on November 26, 2012. Photo: AFP

Singapore yesterday issued a warning to mainland Chinese bus drivers, who are staging the first strike in the city-state for more than 25 years - an act that could land them in prison.

A total of 102 Chinese drivers working for state-linked transport firm SMRT began their wildcat strike over pay on Monday, refusing to board a shuttle bus from their dormitory to a depot.

28 Nov 2012 - 4:45am