Have been wanting to blog about it since Monday, but my father-in-law is in Singapore this few days so I have been busy bring him around Singapore. Anyway, let’s go back to this topic.
I am not sure anyone in Singapore do not know this. SMRT Service Leader (driver) went on strike on Monday!! Seriously, anyone in Singapore who had the right mind shouldn’t have done it because
Strikes are illegal for “essential services” unless they give the employer 14 days of notice of the intent to go on strike
Singapore haven’t been any strike since 1986 and I guess this time the strike really caught the union by surprise . Honestly, they had been too complacent. It is quite a taboo to talk about political things in Singapore. I am one of the rare people that actually have my own set of thinking with regards to politics. I do think PAP is doing a good job managing Singapore and making Singapore attractive to other country in terms of business and finance. But it really do fail in terms of making Singaporean’s life better.
In Singapore, the inflation rate is usually higher than the increment of our pay. If you don’t know what it means, I shall explain in layman terms. If the yearly inflation is 5%, your increment of more than 5% to have increment. Any lesser means a reduction in your pay. There are many people out there getting 3% increment and not knowing that it is actually a kind of paycut in disguise. This is the main reason why people change job often, if the working environment is good, no people will like to job hop. (I know there are exceptions, some people just like to job hop)
Image taken from TOC facebook.
I find it ridiculous that China driver demand to get the same pay as the Malaysian or even Singaporean in the future. Many people might not know but workers also have different pay based on their nationality. Guess what? China worker get the most pay!! China worker starting pay is around S$22 per day and the poor Indian worker is getting around S$18 per day. See the difference? So does it means that the Indian workers should also demand the same pay as the China worker since they are doing the same things.
Seriously, I do believe they want to step over the Malaysian position in Singapore’s workforce. I strongly agree that their pay should not be more than Malaysian. The reason is just simple, Malaysian is paying their own accommodation in Singapore. The housing in Singapore is very high, even fore a Singaporean like me. Even if the Malaysian did not stay in Singapore, imagine the time they spend travelling to and fro? Don’t they deserve some kind of money compensation?
I am not against any foreigner working in Singapore but if the foreigner wants equality. I will voice out how unfair these China people are. They are just plain selfish and fighting for only their rights. To me, since the company is providing them accommodation I think they shouldn’t complain. See how the Indian have been living here? When you are in Rome, you do what the Romans do. I do think believe that the environment should change for them but they should change for the environment to contribute to Singapore’s economic since they decided to come here.
PS: I seriously think that the ones who started the strike should be prosecuted.