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SMRT drivers appeal for return to 5-day work week

Published on Aug 9, 2012 6:00 AM
 
SMRT buses at the Geylang terminus on March 4, 2011. A small group of SMRT bus drivers has appealed to labour chief Lim Swee Say, saying they want to go back to their five-day week while keeping their newly-given higher salaries. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

A small group of SMRT bus drivers has appealed to labour chief Lim Swee Say, saying they want to go back to their five-day week while keeping their newly-given higher salaries.

They said in a letter to Mr Lim that the company's move to a six-day work week in May had eroded the wage increase introduced in the same month.

While monthly pay had risen, their daily pay fell as they have to work more days each month, they said.

SMRT, however, said on Wednesday that the bus drivers' basic working hours remain unchanged at 44 hours a week. This means shorter working hours each day.

 
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