28 Jul '11, 3am

Fare hikes 'help bus workers and operators': Lim Boon Heng

Fare hikes 'help bus workers and operators': Lim Boon Heng

FORMER labour chief and minister in the Prime Minister's Office Lim Boon Heng waded into the public transport debate yesterday, explaining why fare increases, while unpopular, are necessary. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN FORMER labour chief and minister in the Prime Minister's Office Lim Boon Heng waded into the public transport debate yesterday, explaining why fare increases, while unpopular, are necessary. If bus fares were never allowed to go up, transport operators might not have enough 'to invest in new buses, and quality of service must drop'. Speaking at a delegates' conference of the Singapore Shell Employees' Union, he noted that fare increases also went towards funding pay rises for workers. 'You know raising bus fares is unpopular. But if we cannot raise bus fares, how will that impact your fellow workers? I am sure you will understand that it is not fair if they can...

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