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Lower wages for China bus drivers justified, says Singaporean MP

Lower wages for China bus drivers justified, says Singaporean MP

Updated 3 December 2012, 14:58 AEDT

In Singapore, 29 mainland Chinese bus drivers have had their work permits revoked and will be deported for participating in the island nation's first strike in 26 years.

Criminal charges have been laid against five others who are accused of instigating the strike, while another 150 mainland Chinese drivers have been given warning letters.

Under Singapore rules, it is illegal for workers in "essential services" such as transport to strike unless they give 14 days prior notice and meet other requirements.

Zainal Sapari is a Singaporean MP and the director of the Unit for Contract and Casual workers for the National Trades Union Congress.

He hopes the Singaporean government's firm stance on the case will send a clear message to all workers that the union will not condone "illegal strikes".

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Zainal Sapari, Singaporean MP and the director of the Unit for Contract and Casual workers for the National Trades Union Congress

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