25 Dec '11, 9pm

Longer hours, shorter breaks for bus drivers

SINGAPORE - Bus operators here have been hit by a chronic shortage of Singaporeans who are keen to become bus drivers, despite the companies' best efforts, including raising the salary. As a result, as road conditions become more difficult, bus drivers tell Today that they have been doing more overtime work and are having shorter breaks between journeys - raising concerns over the well-being of the bus drivers who ferry hundreds of thousands of commuters each day. Today spoke to 20 random bus drivers - 10 each from SBS Transit and SMRT - and National Transport Workers Union general secretary Fang Chin Poh echoed their sentiments. Said Mr Fang: "There has been some feedback from bus drivers that they are clocking more overtime, and recalled to work on their day offs." But Mr Fang added: "Some bus drivers, especially the younger ones, actually prefer more work. Others prefer...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Hotnews/EDC111226-0000014/Long...

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