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SMRT bus drivers say they are unhappy with pay, living conditions

Published on Nov 26, 2012 10:27 PM
 
The Woodlands dormitory where the bus drivers live. Salary and cramped living conditions are the main grouses of SMRT's bus drivers from mainland China who didn't turn up for work on Monday. -- ST PHOTO: RAJ NADARAJAN

Salary and cramped living conditions - SMRT's bus drivers from mainland China who didn't turn up for work on Monday told The Straits Times that these are their main grouses.

Early on Monday, 102 of them - and not about 200 as earlier reported - didn't turn up for work.

Some drivers living in a dormitory in Serangoon joined others at a Woodlands dormitory to express their unhappiness.

An SMRT spokesman said Monday night that talks between management and the drivers started in the morning and ended at about 6 pm, and they "will be returning to work tomorrow".

Workers said SMRT told them that the salary issue will be decided in a week.

SMRT said some services were affected because of the no-show, and apologised to the public for the inconvenience caused.