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Ex-SMRT bus drivers charged with instigating strike will plead guilty

Published on Feb 22, 2013 1:31 PM
 

The four alleged ringleaders of last November's illegal bus strike will plead guilty to charges of instigating the protest, just two weeks after claiming trial.

Gao Yue Qiang, 32, Liu Xiangying, 33, Wang Xianjie, 39, and He Jun Ling, 32, decided this after their lawyers met with prosecutors in chambers on Friday. The four men will plead guilty on Monday at the Subordinate Court.

The offence carry the maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $2, 000 fine.

The four are among 171 drivers from China who took part in the strike on Nov 26 and the 88 who stayed away again the following day. They were protesting over pay and living conditions.

Four former SMRT drivers who have been charged with instigating a bus strike, at the Subordinate Courts for a pre-trial conference. (Left to right) Wang Xianjie, He Jun Ling, Liu Xiangying and Gao Yue Qiang will plead guilty to charges of instigating the protest, just two weeks after claiming trial. -- ST PHOTO : WONG KWAI CHOW