Anyway, she have quit her job as CEO.
The problem is cause by the "wise guy", who think he can save money by changing the working hours.
On paper, it seem like their wages have increase but the 6 days work week means they have less OT pay.
So the basic pay increase but total pay reduce.
I eats, shoots & leaves
If the transport companies raise the starting pay to $2.5-3k on a 5 day work week, will there be enough locals who will take up the job? While I understand the need to reduce operating costs and return value to shareholders. Are the public transport companies in such bad finances that they cannot afford to pay locals to do the job? Even if they have to replace 200 foreign drivers (6 day week) with 250 locals (5 day week), they are likely to pay $4-5 million more in wages per year. If you take away the need to provide accommodations and other costs incurred that comes with hiring foreigners, maybe less. IIRC the 2 transport companies' combine profit for each of the past few years has been more $100 million, closer to $200 mil. By reporting 5-10% lesser profit to raise local employment rate seems like a better solution than to continue to suppress wages and maximize shareholders value at the expense of Singaporean.
While the issue raised by the PRC drivers circle around unfair rewards and standards, there is a bigger issue circling many companies. These companies keep suppressing wages, making jobs unattractive to locals, while continuing to report huge profits to shareholders. IMHO, companies providing public services should seriously look into adjusting from a maximizing profit to a sustainable profit model. Else there will be factions of unhappy foreigners and plenty more emotionless locals.
Another case is SIA. When you got so many capable Singaporeans, why hand the CEO post to a young Malaysian chinese foreigner?
It is crazy. Did the value of SIA increase 3-fold when he was in charge? This is our National carrier airline.
This reminds me of SIA pilots incidents. I would like to see if there is "double standards".
| 5Diii | 24 ii | 40 | 24-70 ii | 24-105 | 70-200 F4 IS | 270 ii | 600EX-RT |
One of the things the RPC bus drivers are not happy about is their uniforms.
They feel that the prescribed uniforms do not reflect their importance and status.
I think SMRT should seriously consider this for them:
I think Singapore need to stop tapping foreign markets for certain jobs and recognize that they need to pay the locals more to do it. Don't have to call a bus driver any fanciful names but recognize that they are specialists who need to be given proper monetary recognition. The cost of living is not where they are 10 years ago but the transport companies are thinking of paying bus drivers $1.5-2k for 6 days week! Given such salary scale, for the locals, it is more lucrative to drive lorries or taxis for their skillsets.
They drive like cowboys alreadyOriginally Posted by Sion
People, an evil omen has appeared.
Go to this latest report by Straits Times SMRT bus drivers from China return to work
There are 3 photos there, click on the middle one.
See the female ghost in the window.
Now i very scared to take bus, later some disgrunted employee decide to do something funny.
The interesting thing is that.. How is this possible in countries like USA, Germany, Sweden or Australia?Originally Posted by cks2k2
Thats the mental block of Singapore society. The core business is providing transport and the main service provider is the bus driver. What is wrong with paying him more. Fresh grads without experience can accumulate and usually earn much more later on in life. The salary of bus drivers rises in small percentage. Anyway, it is about supply and demand. If you want to keep bus drivers local, then you need to up the salary to be acceptable. No point suppressing wage and then claim no locals want to do the job. End up hiring bus loads of foreigners and it is no way back.Originally Posted by cks2k2
Last edited by ManWearPants; 28th November 2012 at 09:23 AM.