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No-show by 60 SMRT bus drivers for 2nd day

Published on Nov 27, 2012 11:21 AM
Some of the China-born bus drivers seen talking just outside the dormitory security turnstile at Woodlands Dormitory at Woodlands Sector 1 on Nov 26, 2012. Not all the mainland Chinese bus drivers who staged a protest on Monday seem to have returned to work on Tuesday morning. -- ST PHOTO : RAJ NADARAJAN

THE industrial dispute between public transport operator SMRT and its China-sourced bus drivers took a new turn on Tuesday when 60 of them continued to stay away from work.

SMRT confirmed that 60 drivers did not show up for work, "some of whom have valid medical reasons".

Police deployed officers to SMRT's rented dormitory for drivers in Woodlands in the morning. A police spokesman said its men were there to observe the situation; and that no one has been arrested.

He said the number of policemen on the ground is fewer than the 45 deployed on Monday, when 102 mainland Chinese drivers staged a sit-in at the Woodlands dormitory.

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