The Straits Times
Published on Nov 28, 2012

SMRT admits lessons to be learned from illegal strike


Bus operator SMRT says there are lessons to be learnt from the illegal strike by its mainland Chinese bus drivers.

In a media briefing - its first since the matter surfaced on Monday - SMRT executive vice-president (roads and commercial) Teo Chew Hoon said the operator will make immediate improvements.

The briefing zoomed in on salary and working conditions of the drivers.

SMRT said unlike bus drivers from Malaysia who are permanent employees, the Chinese are on a two-year contract with different terms. While their starting pay is lower, they get accommodation, utilities and transport to work.