Apparently the SMRT’s bus drivers union has appealed to Lim Swee Say for help in their wage dispute.
Some are therefore looking at this as a test case, to see whether Lim Swee Say is a JLB (Jia Liow Bee) minister or if he can actually do anything for Singaporeans.
I sure hope Mr Lim keeps out of this, and that the union can take matters in its own hands rather than go cry-baby to the Govt.
Gosh– this is the equivalent of ‘cher, Ah Kow bully me’ syndrome!
If the management did not break any laws, there is no reason to get the Govt involved. Even if they did break laws, the right thing to do would be to go to industrial court, not cry-baby to the Govt!
How can we have independent trade unions– which is the one key institution that can fight fair deals for employees– if they are all so dependent on the Govt? Do they not realize that such ‘symbiotic’ ties simply bind us closer to the PAP?
This is not good for Singapore’s political development.
If Lim Swee Say succeeds in brokering a deal, he’ll be revered as a hero and help entrench PAP’s dominance further, and he’ll be making speeches again about the wonderful tri-partite system PAP advocates.
And Singaporeans will never wake up.
Does anybody remember how LKY stepped in to discipline ALPA-S when it had a wage dispute with SIA? If SIA is run as a commercial company– as all Temasek holdings companies are claimed to be– what is the basis for the old man to step in with his talk of broken heads? There are established ways to resolve commercial disputes, why are they not used? If SIA pilots need to strike to get what they want, so be it.
Why do we tolerate politicians intervening in commercial wage disputes of a commercial company? If there is no law which the Govt can use to order the pilots or management about, then they have no right to intervene. I’m pretty sure ALPA-S didn’t appeal to LKY at that time, so what was the basis for management to bring in PAP politicians to intervene in a wage dispute of a commercial company?
If this pattern is not broken, if people still run to the Govt at the first sign of disagreement, what hope is there for political reform in Singapore?