30 Apr '13, 2pm

Repost: From miyagi.sg: Want Your Union To Have A Greater Say? Join Them #1MaySG

When news broke of the SMRT bus dri­vers’ strike last year , the first thought that came to mind was, “Oh no, when are they going to be arrested”? Even before the MOM made a state­ment about the strike (which tra­di­tional media called “bus dri­vers did not turn up for work”) being ille­gal, I knew the author­i­ties had to detain them under the Trade Unions Act and Trade Dis­putes Act. The strike is still a polit­i­cal hot potato as many ques­tions regard­ing the wel­fare of the dri­vers and the respon­si­bil­i­ties of the employer (SMRT ) are yet to be answered. Then there was the role of the trade unions. It seems the dri­vers were not union­ized, and were poorly edu­cated and informed about their rights and obligations. Even if they were, the unions would only have been able to nego­ti­ate on two things — liv­ing con­di­tions and eli­gi­bil­ity of pay adjust­ments. The ...

Full article: http://miyagi.sg/2013/04/want-your-union-to-have-a-greate...

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