SMRT convenes appeal panel over dismissal of 2 staff related to fatal rail accident

SMRT has convened an appeal panel to look into the firing of two staff involved in fatal track accident in March.
SMRT has convened an appeal panel to look into the firing of two staff involved in fatal track accident in March.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - SMRT has convened an appeal panel to look into the firing of two staff involved in a fatal track accident.

"The panel will review the appeal, and ensure fair and due process. Its findings will not prejudice the ongoing investigations by the various authorities," SMRT and National Transport Workers' Union (NTWU) said in a joint release on Monday (Sept 26) night.

SMRT shares NTWU's concerns for the well-being of the workers and their families, the statement said.

The panel comprises senior management in the company who are not from the Trains Group, it added.

"SMRT shares NTWU's concerns for the well-being of the workers and their families. SMRT will work with NTWU to secure employment soonest for the two workers while the Panel reviews the case," the statement said.

NTWU submitted an appeal to SMRT against the dismissal of the two workers on Sept 19. They are train driver Rahmat Mohd, 49, and another SMRT employee who has not been identified.

They were sacked over an incident in March in which two trainees were killed.