ridiculous salary of CEOs vs pathetic bus driver salaries. On friday the 3-star general CEO of SMRT visited the workers to better understand the situation. It turns out the 3-star general dare not visit Woodlands worker dormitorys but went to Serangoon's instead. The strike by the poorly uneducated bus drivers is really eye opening in showing how the 3-star scholar general deal with the issue.
Those Pa Pas & Ma Mas who are brainwashed about continuing with the system to name exam top scorers need to wake up. This is the type of top scorers......
Country is deteriorating with those scholar generals ministers. Public transport deteriorating too with this 3-star scholar general. Yet they pay themselves high salaries delivering poor performance.
I like this netizen's comment:
Let's look at what is writing from the heart. This ought to be my 1st time reading chinese text written from the heart(keeping a copy here) as all throughout school i read 'sterile chinese text' from textbooks. After many years out of school i have difficulty reading huge blocks of chinese text although i come from a chinese speaking family.
Extracted from TRE.
Reading the translated english version just lacks the punch. Nevertheless i'm reproducing it as well as it is a milestone in labor relations that those people at the top ignore or don't understand.
Where is the pride of mainland china’s bus drivers?
An open letter to all mainland chinese bus drivers in SMRT:
My fellow comrades, since coming to Singapore, long or short, what are your exact inner feelings? Have you felt like your pride & dignity has been trampled over by the management of your company that you are working for?
Even the Malaysian Chinese do feel for us. Yet we can only face it helplessly (This is our choice). Based on what??? Argh. We are all foreign workers, but why is it that Malaysian has a higher status than Mainland Chinese (PuttingSingaporeans aside)? Malaysian monthly salary is $1400+ while Chinese nationals get $1000+. Basic salary difference is a few hundred dollars. Malaysians have bonuses, while Chinese nationals do not get any. Does that mean that the job scope is different? Are our work performances worse than others? Do we not follow the rules & regulations of the company? Malaysians can don't come to work as & when they like (E.g. when it rains). This, I’m sure everyone knows. This results in the lack of drivers, and who comes to fill the gap? Of course we China drivers have to do that.
Usually when we ask HR for OT, what is the situation like? Think about it. For us China drivers, if we stop working for two days without a valid MC, that would be difficult. They will take it as AWOL and can even warn and discipline you. I really don’t understand, what are the reasons for so many Malays not coming to work on rainy days? We are under the same management, but the ways they deal with things are so different. We are coolies & hard labourers to you!!! Where are your conscience??? Do you have any sympathy??? You are also a Chinese like us, fuck, yet your attitude towards us are worse than Caucasians. Don’t you all agree? Also, I am sure that some China nationals working in other Singapore companies are treated better than the Malay & Indian counterparts.
Other bosses feel that Chinese nationals are well behaved and easy to manage. Work diligently, and do not cause trouble. This is enough for them. Speaking about bonuses, SBS China national also have bonuses, regardless if they are Malay or chinese everyone is treated fairly. Why is it that SMRT are looking down on chinese nationals? Fuck. Why???? Why is it so?
We brothers & sisters, we should not be hurt. SMRT management conscious has been taken by dogs. Yet us, we cannot keep tolerating it until we give up completely. I’m sure theres only one possibility in their hearts, that is the management of SMRT do not know the needs and wants of chinese national drivers. (Or they may know but pretend not to). But they definitely did not see our confidence & determination to achieve what we want. Because we Chinese do not speak up. They can do what we want with us, it doesn’t matter. So when they make decision on us, there is no right or wrong.
Obviously they think there are loads of us, a trip to China can get tons of people as workers. When we are of no use to them, or no longer obedient, they will kick us out. This strategy is very useful. Those few who speak up would be told to leave. I believe this is how you guys think, that’s why we all chose to be quiet? Yet why do we not think in another way, if hundreds of us speak up together, I’m sure it is the management who will get fired. It is not like we do not know the traffic situation in Singapore. If hundreds of us don’t go to work for a few days, it will be headlines in Singapore, all newspapers will publish, comment, and discuss the reasons of the strike. LTA, will have to immediately investigate on SMRT.
We the Chinese citizens , have pride & dignity. The China of today is different from the one yesterday, even the low profile China government are no longer tolerant of others, and are now more and more firm, not to mention us strong and capable men, we should straighten up and be a man, and having the spirit & pride of a Chinese. If we do not give ourselves dignity, how would others do so? We must fight for out own dignity, and not expect people to take pity on us. We must let those who look down on Chinese change their perceptions. Fuck. Why should the Chinese put up with nonsense, I am not born that way. No big deal, its not like I’ve done anything illegal, everything are reasonable requests. We should have the rights to ask for equality. There is nothing extraordinary and be afraid of. Wake up my fellow brothers and sisters. When we come together, mountains move. Actions will fulfil dreams. Without actions, don’t expect people to pity and help us. We can only rely on ourselves. If we don’t do it, don’t participate, who will do it for you? I really don’t understand, why are we treated so differently? Is it so different?
I’m sure all of you have not forgotten what happened recently. Few months ago, SBS raised the salaries of Singapore, Malaysians and Indians except for China nationals. More than hundred China national drivers cametogether to xx, Boon Lay bus interchange came to a halt. SBS immediately raised China nationals salary by $75. Although its not a lot, still they fought it themselves. In other words, if not for the Chinese nationals working for SBS, Chinese nationals in SMRT may not have any increment.
Even more recently, Singaporeans & Malaysian have a increment of $50, notices have been put up on all bus interchange, and I’m sure everyone has seen it. Chinese nationals have been once again excluded. Whenever I hear Singaporeans say (except Chinese national), I feel xx !!!!!!!! Totally demoralized.
Currently there are less off days and work schedule is terrible. Things are getting worse, we can feel it. Yet we do not know the consequences, 5 days work week can be changed to 6 day work & consequently squeeze dry your rest day, so they make you work one more day for nothing. If they can change the number of working days, they can also change your working hours. Those who are on standby said it is ok, because they are just on standby but still can earn money. Those on standby at Ang Mo Kio, drink medicine everyday, is it worth it? Why are people fighting to be on standby? How do you know if they will change the working hours of the standby? Things are constantly changing, they know you can be bullied, so they will exploit you. Who have caused this, it is all by SMRT, why are they managing so inefficiently? They make us unhappy over it, our pay is nothing to their expenses, they rather reserve more drivers than to lack any. What is most important, they know our traits, not united, easy to cheat, cheap labour. Think about it.
Whole night couldn’t sleep, fuming with anger, keep thinking about it, the typing of keyboard may have even disturbed the sleep of my comrades (This is how they provide for our accommodation, unlike SBS). The sun rises, not sure if everyone has understood. Despite doing or not doing, sleeping or not sleeping, sun will always rise everyday. The sky will not crash, brothers and sisters when we see injustices we should shout in unity. Help each other when needed. We must be hot blooded.
Proposed demands (in my humble opinion, I don’t think so perfectly, only as a guide, it depends on everyone):
1) Basic salary (at least on par with Malaysians)
2) Bonus (give what is required)
3) Overtime include off days and rest
4) Work pay clearly stated
5) $100 service award, $130 safety award
6) Improved living conditions
Rational and righteous comrades should take action! I ask tomorrow 26 Monday, 27 Tuesday to take mass MC. Our own dignity and benefits must be fought, MC is just a little money, yet what we fight for is priceless. Please spread the word, not to be afraid. For those who do not know, tell them on Monday morning at the entrance of Ang Mo Kio and Woodlands dormitory not to go to work. Boycott and despise those who take no action, let them torment in their guilty conscious. This involves everybody. Please join QQ group 185268576. Don’t be afraid of traitors, with fear nothing can be done.
Safety on roads & staff morale would be improved if those drivers from China get same salary as Msian drivers. They are reasonable in their request. What is unreasonable is the obscene salaries of those poor performing people at the top. A big cut of those top salaries is needed.
Managers are a dime a dozen but leadership is rare. Education has little to do with it.