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Confuseous
22-05-2012, 07:04 AM
National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) deputy secretary-general Ong Ye Kung, who is also the executive secretary of the National Transport Workers' Union and a board member of SMRT Corporation, reiterated that he had been "reluctant" for the salary increase to be reported in the media before all the bus drivers were informed.

"The news ran ahead of ground communications," he said, noting that this has caused confusion among the drivers.

Mr Ong noted that the six-day work week is a reversion to the arrangement before January 2006. At that time, some bus drivers were worried that the shorter work week would lead to a lower salary.

Before the latest round of changes to the pay structure, the bus drivers worked five days a week and had the option of working an additional day and earning overtime pay, which is 1.5 times higher.

The biggest worry now is the potential loss of overtime income. "They want to work six days but also want to make sure that their overtime pay is not affected," Mr Ong said.

But, he stressed, the drivers' concerns are unfounded, and he is making his rounds to assure them that they will still be able to accumulate overtime pay. With the increase in basic pay, their salaries will be higher, compared with what they had earned in a five-day work week plus an additional day with overtime pay.

- http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC120522-0000058/Pay-rise-for-SMRT-drivers-,,,-and-a-6-day-week

Confuseous
22-05-2012, 08:05 AM
Main Changes by SMRT Bus Service:

For a Singaporean bus driver, the salary adjustment is $225 per month.

For a SPR/Malaysian bus driver, the salary adjustment is $100 per month.

However a crucial point to note is that all bus drivers now have to work a 6-days week instead of a 5-days week.

The folllowing 5 reasons will highlight how SMRT Bus Service has misrepresented the salary adjustment and in actual fact a large majority of the bus drivers who have been employed for a long time with SMRT Bus Service will lose out:

- http://theonlinecitizen.com/2012/05/smrt-bus-service-drivers-blow-the-whistle/

Nice-Gook
22-05-2012, 08:20 AM
The PAP Zorro bastard minister without a portfolio did the same to security guards.

From the normal 3 shifts of 8 hours each he turned the workload to 2 shifts of 12 hours.

Than announce a salary increase.

NTUC is the culprit.Fucking the working class.

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22-05-2012, 06:10 PM
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SMRT Bus Service Drivers Blow the Whistle
SMRT Bus Service Drivers Blow the Whistle
Posted by The Online Citizen on May 21, 2012

This email was sent to TOC and other media outlets by a group of SMRT bus drivers who requested that they be allowed to remain anonymous.

With regards to the various reports by the local newspapers, a group of bus drivers from SMRT Bus Service would like to point out that in actual fact, there is no salary increase for a large group of bus drivers.
The salary adjustment given by SMRT Bus Service is different from that given by SBS Transit. In the case of SBS Transit, they have really given a monetary addition to the salary of all its bus drivers without any withdrawal of variable allowances/incentives or working duration.
However, this is not the case with SMRT Bus Service.

Main Change by SMRT Bus Service:

For a Singaporean bus driver, the salary adjustment is $225 per month.
For a SPR/Malaysian bus driver, the salary adjustment is $100 per month.
However a crucial point to note is that all bus drivers now have to work a 6-days week instead of a 5-days week.

The folllowing 5 reasons will highlight how SMRT Bus Service has misrepresented the salary adjustment and in actual fact a large majority of the bus drivers who have been employed for a long time with SMRT Bus Service will lose out:

1. With the salary adjustment, all bus drivers are required to work 6 days instead of 5 days. In 2005, we were all on a 6 days work week. Citing work-life balance, SMRT Bus Service changed it to 5 days. Now, they are changing it back to a 6 days work week. By cutting down on our rest days, we will spend more days driving which will make us more tired. This can result in more accidents and increased MCs.

2. The change from a 5 days work week to a 6 days work week will result in a pay loss for bus drivers who have a gross monthly salary of about $1150 and above.

The formula for calculating the daily gross renumeration of a bus driver is (12 months x gross salary) divided by (52 weeks x No. of days worked in a week).

The following scenarios will show how bus drivers earning above $1100 will lose out in terms of monetary gains:

Scenario A:
For a Singaporean Bus Driver previously earning $1100, the daily gross renumeration for a 5 day week is $50.769. After the salary adjustment of $225, the daily gross renumeration for a 6 day week is $50.961 (increase)

Scenario B: For a Singaporean Bus Driver previously earning $1300, the daily gross renumeration for a 5 day week is $60.00. After the salary adjustment of $225 the daily gross renumeration for a 6 day week is $58.654 (decrease)

Scenario C: For a Singaporean Bus Driver previously earning $1500, the daily gross renumeration for a 5 day week is $69.231. After the salary adjustment of $225, the daily gross renumeration for a 6 day week is $66.346 (decrease)

As you can see from above scenarios, only Scenario A will result in a gain in gross salary for a Singaporean bus driver.

The daily difference may seem negligible however, when taken as a whole on an annual basis, this results in a substantial reduction in annual renumeration for the bus drivers who are already trying hard to make ends meet to support their families.

3. Based on the examples shown in the above point, the salary adjustment will also result in a lower annual renumeration for bus drivers earning more than $1150, those who work on their rest day/ public holiday and the encashment of annual leave. Having the policy changed by SMRT Bus Service from a 5 days work week to a 6 days work week will result in bus drivers having less time for their families, which is contrary to the Singapore government's policy of work-life balance. Bus drivers will only have 1 rest day a week and have to apply leave should they wish to spend more time with their family. Currently, on a 5 days work week, it is already very hard for us to apply leave as there is a quota set for each service route. With only one rest day now, it will only make matters worst. How does SMRT Bus Service expect to recruit more locals with 6 days work week?

4. Another point that was not reported is that SMRT Bus Service has also grouped the Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR) and Malayians in the same category, and are giving a salary adjustment of only $100 to SPR and Malayian bus drivers. This decision has left many SMRT Bus Service bus drivers holding SPR status wondering why this is so when no Foreign Worker Levy is needed to be paid by SMRT Bus Service for the SPRs unlike non-SPR bus drivers.

5. Lastly, the reports by the local newspapers also left out the fact that SMRT Bus Service had factored in the salary increment into the salary adjustment ($225 for Singaporean bus drivers and $100 for the SPR and Malayian bus drivers). That is to say, the salary adjustment is even less than reported. With this year's inflation forcasted at 5.2%, NTUC has called companies to give employees a pay rise to beat inflation. Taking an average of $1300, a 5.2% increment for us is around $80. We need to therefore deduct $80 from the $225/$100 to reflect our actual salary adjustment.

We hope that the correct facts can be made public and that our union did not help us. This has led to much confusion and unhappiness among fellow colleagues and members of the public.

makapaaa
22-05-2012, 06:13 PM
How much does a FAP minister make in 1 second for doing nothing and always plotting against SGs?