(The following press release from SMRT was received by e-mail on evening
of Nov. 27. It was not confirmed by the sender.)
SMRT statement on Service Leaders who were absent from work
On 26 November 2012, 171 Service Leaders from China did not report for duty. At
a dialogue with the Service Leaders yesterday, SMRT assured the Service Leaders
it will look into their concerns, while the Service Leaders agreed to return to
work the next day.
However, despite the agreement, 68 and 20 of the SLs who were on the morning
and afternoon shift respectively did not show up for work today (27 Nov).
SMRT Management takes a serious view of the bus service delays that were
brought about by the irresponsible behavior of the Service Leaders (SLs) who
did not report for work as scheduled.
SMRT's priority is to ensure that bus services are restored to normal as soon
In accordance with our obligation as a Public Transport Operator, SMRT has
lodged a police report for further investigation into possible breaches of the
law. At the same time, the company is conducting its own investigations on
whether terms of employment have been breached.
SMRT will continue to engage all our SLs from China to explain the situation,
and urges SLs not to take matters into their own hands but to make use of the
proper channels to discuss workplace matters.
SMRT would like to assure SLs who were not involved in the actions over the
last two days, that the company continues to value their services.
Executive Vice President (Roads & Commercial) Ms Teo Chew Hoon said: "We have
stressed to the SLs that the lines of communication to management remain open
and they should not take such unlawful actions to air their grievances. We
apologise to all commuters for the inconvenience caused, and thank all the
Service Leaders who put in their best efforts over the past two days to cover
the duties of those who were absent.
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