“For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind”

In Economy, Infrastructure, Political economy, Political governance on 27/11/2012 at 6:01 am

Well, well. So 102 FT drivers recruited from China (5% of all SMRT’s drivers) refused to work yesterday, disrupting SMRT bus services. They were not happy about their pay. Happily for commuters using the affected bus services, they agreed to return to work while talks continue.

Whither the FT policy, and LKY’s pride in FTs? Striking was a no-no for workers (except, as I recounted yesterday, when the govt had another agenda). S’porean sheep workers did not strike partly because they were afraid of retribution. Now FTs have led the way and have so far got away with it. They might even get more money. If they do, will locals realise that they too can get away with striking? If immigrants whom LKY respect can strike, why can’t they?

And if S’poreans start striking, will the MNCs move on?

Something for the cabinet, PM and his dad to ponder.

“For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.”

As for SMRT, time to forget about the stock. Management is still dysfunctional, despite having a ex-SAF chief and scholar in charge. Err might even turn into another NOL, where as I have recounted another ex-SAF chief and scholar has run it aground (Search “NOL”  on this site).

  1. I remembered the Old Man defending the internal civil service system of quickly elevating scholars, ignoring years of experience and favoring academic qualifications, comparing them to conductors rather than musicians.

    Guess what? A change of conductor will not do much if the musicians have largely learnt to ignore the conductor of the day and minded their own rhythm/beat.

    Woo hoo…

    • Dats why the conductor carries a stick… a very big stick so that all musicians will play along, even if they dislike the piece being played. Remove the stick and there might only be 5 trumpets left.

  2. If non experienced professionals are able to press a button and all organizations runs automatically without trainning in their fields, what are schools in managements for, what are trainning for, what are learning for why people go to schools for. Then there should be no NEED AT ALL, to go for apprenticeships, learnings, trainnings no knowledge is required to manage. Nothing comes automatically ONE MUST KNOW THE JOB TO DO THE JOB, no such thing as by passing to attain positions.

  3. I believe this is a good development for Singapore workers. They have been suppressed for so long that they don’t even have any rights. Minimum wage, age discrimination, just to name a couple.

    Next, these adopted FTs will create more problems for PAP as they cannot be bribed/frightened into voting for PAP.

    The genie is out of the bottle…

  4. 102 went on strike. But how many million workers wondered these bus drivers wondered to themselves whether they might get more, if they did the same? Do all now see the time bomb these idiots have created? I have feeling this is just the beginning.

  5. […] Loft: SMRT Driver refuse to work?? or its a strike?? – Thoughts of a Cynical Investor: “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind” – Mr Brown: Alternative names for a Singapore bus drivers’ strike – New Nation: […]

  6. I guess the strike is the PRC drivers’ way of taking part in the NatCon. I think the PAP will seek to control collateral damage from the incident and confine it to a dispute between management and staff. The big stick of LKY’s era may not be effective now.

    I also don’t think it is in sinkies’ dna to emulate such actions ….

  7. There won’t be a whirlwind:
    a) When in doubt, always (be seen to) side the less privileged and marginalized group
    b) No leader in his right mind would risk our good relations with China over a minor strike

    Just increase the fare will solve the problem.

  8. Another ex-SAF chief and scholar,Col Gan is in charge of the other bus operator,I know the background of Col Gan,once teh SAF poster boy,he went into private MNC(non PAP related)had an useful & extremely humiliating experience with his Ang Mo boss(non PAP),helped in wife medical clinic for long time,he is a better man,may even be the top CEO in Singapore now,PM should look at the cash study of his old comrade,current SMRT may need that experience.

Leave a Reply to Jack Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: