Updated: 11/28/2012 08:18

SMRT lodges a police report for an illegal strike by some of its bus drivers from China



SMRT lodges a police report for an illegal strike by some of its bus drivers from China

In an update on an illegal strike by some of its bus drivers from China, SMRT says it has lodged a police report for further investigations into possible breaches of the law. 

This is in accordance with its obligations as a public transport operator. 

At the same time, SMRT said it's conducting its own investigations on whether terms of employment have been breached. 

It has now been revealed that 171 bus drivers from China did not report for duty yesterday. 

And 88 drivers on both the morning and afternoon shifts did not show up for work today despite an agreement to do so, following assurances that SMRT would look into their concerns. 

SMRT said it takes a serious view of the bus service delays that were brought about by what it decries as the irresponsible behaviour of the drivers. 

And its priority is to ensure bus services are restored to normal as soon as possible. 

SMRT said it would continue to engage all bus drivers from China to explain the situation and urged them not to take matters into their own hands but to make use of the proper channels to discuss workplace matters. 

The company's Executive Vice President of Roads & Commercial Teo Chew Hoon apologised to all commuters for the inconvenience caused. 

She also thanked drivers who covered the duties of those who were absent.

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