This entry has been in draft for quite some time. About time I publish it.
I think China has just handed Singapore's ass to her when the SMRT bus drivers went on strike. China knows how weak our labour laws are. Like they care about our laws anyway.
SMRT bus drivers refuse to go to work
Monday, Nov 26, 2012 AFP
SINGAPORE - More than 100 mainland Chinese bus drivers in Singapore refused to work on Monday.
The drivers, disgruntled over their pay from state-linked transport firm SMRT, refused to board a shuttle that was going to ferry them from their dormitory to a nearby depot.
After talks with SMRT management with police on standby, the protesting drivers said they would report for work on Tuesday.
SMRT is 54 per cent owned by state investment firm Temasek Holdings.
Singapore has been hiring bus drivers from China and Malaysia because of a chronic shortage of manpower.
One of the Chinese drivers, who declined to be named, told reporters the dispute arose because they felt aggrieved over a disparity in pay between Chinese and Malaysian bus drivers.
Drivers from China earn a basic salary of S$1,075, while those from Malaysia earn S$1,375, the driver said.
The dispute was also about the lack of bonuses for Chinese bus drivers, he added.
The Ministry of Manpower issued a stern warning to the 102 drivers who took part in the stoppage, saying it "takes the workers' actions very seriously" and was closely monitoring the situation.
In a statement, the National Transport Workers' Union urged the Chinese drivers - who are not union members - to return to work immediately.
No major disruptions were reported during the work stoppage, which took place during Singapore's year-end school holidays, when demand for public transport is lowerSo what if we deported those we thought are the masterminds behind the strike. For every one of them leaving, hundreds are waiting to take his/her place.
Someone told me this is how China political landscape works.
Government < People < Police < Government
In Singapore many believes the godfather has the first place and the Singaporeans are probably the lowest in the food chain.
Your guess is as good as mine.