“Our dear bus drivers help us to commute around Singapore and it’s upsetting that they’re in such a situation. They deserve so much more. Their hope and fight gives me and I’m sure many others including other bus drivers hope too. A lot of us talk about how we love long bus rides. While it’s often comforting for us, for them it’s work that they’re being underpaid for. May you have the strength to get through this. We are all rooting for you. In solidarity, always.”
“Thank you for giving these workers a fighting chance. SBS Transit is the biggest public transport operator in Singapore. It is abhorrent that they are not paying these workers fairly, and even terminating them. As it is, Singapore public bus drivers work six (6) days a week.
SBS Transit bus drivers have mealbreaks of only 25-30 minutes within a 8-11 hour shift, and other breaks can be as short as 10 minutes. With these types of working hours, the bus drivers are tired and dreary.
The last thing people in a job need is delayed payments or less than what they deserve. Bus drivers ferry us every day, during outbreaks, storms ,and mm kre.
They are vital. I’ve shared this with those I am connected with, because I want people to give these people a chance to earn their rights. Bus drivers are doing a high risk job, and they should be paid fairly and have access to decent working conditions.
“Hello! I am very proud of you guys for going through this fight. It really is not easy and you are all very special for doing this. Please know that you are not alone, we are all going to do everything we can (donate,spread awareness of your case etc) to support you. Take care of yourself, we singaporeans are here for you. Thank you once again.”
“Malaysian who went to school in Singapore here. The bus drivers keep everybody in Singapore moving. My entire social life as a student was enabled by their work. How insulting that SBS would treat an honourable profession like this so poorly, and worse still that some of the victims who have been exploited are my fellow Malaysians, neighbours from across the straits. If there is a case to be made that SBS has somehow managed to underpay its workers under even Singapore’s miserable industrial laws, there is truly evil at work.
Says a lot that the NTUC, supposed defender of workers, is too busy selling cabbages and insurance to do its actual job. We need independent trade unions and the right to strike. Solidarity with the bus drivers! Do not stop making noise. One way or another, you will get what you are owed from the fat cats at SBS.”
“Solidarity with all the bus drivers – this will set such an important precedent for all workers in Singapore. Thank you for your bravery and for your commitment to fighting for justice. We are thinking of you, we are rooting for you and we are standing behind you!”
“These workers and their fight give me hope that an independent, true labour movement in Singapore can be rekindled. In solidarity always.”
“Listening to these ex-bus drivers recount their experiences of injustice and exploitation, I feel indignant, saddened and inspired in equal measure. It is incredible and these 13 workers, unified by Mr Chua’s eloquence and conviction, have channelled their strength into fending for themselves, when it would be so much easier to simply capitulate to the establishment, and to accept defeat. And no one should have to do what they do. But their campaign, importantly, highlights how these issues—of worker rights, of their vulnerability and precarity, of the need for independent unions—are issues that transcend occupational and national borders, which is a dimension often downplayed in our discourse. To the bus drivers: I’m so grateful for the work that you’re doing. I hope you know that we’re here supporting you! Time will tell that your courage is going to create a lot more space for us, as a society, to imagine new possibilities for future solidarities, between and across marginalised groups.”
– alex t.