WP says SMRT must address workers' grievances better

The Workers' Party says it's disappointed that it has taken a strike to bring to the forefront the SMRT bus drivers' grievances about their pay and living conditions. 

It said this signals a failure in the labour dispute settlement process within SMRT. 

It said it is in Singapore's interests, and in line with our nation's values, that all workers are treated fairly, so that they are motivated to perform their jobs with excellence. 

This is especially so for workers providing essential public services as it affects not just the local public but also Singapore's international reputation. 

It added that SMRT must address legitimate concerns that have been raised by all its bus drivers since the recent revision of salaries and work hours. 

It said the party's MPs will be asking the government questions on this issue during the next sitting of parliament.