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Bus workers’ job security, welfare “key priority”: LTA

Tripartite group comprising LTA, MOM and National Transport Workers Union to ensure bus industry workers transit smoothly amid shift to government contracting model.

SINGAPORE: The job security and welfare of workers in the public bus service industry is a “key priority” for the Land Transport Authority (LTA), as the industry transitions from a privatised to a government contracting model.

The LTA on Wednesday (May 21) announced it will take over the provision of bus services from incumbent bus operators SMRT Buses and SBS Transit once the current Bus Service Operating Licences expires in Aug 31, 2016. It will also take over the infrastructure and operating assets such as bus depots, buses, and fleet management system from the two service providers.

The local transport authority said in a statement released the same day that it has been in consultation with the National Transport Workers Union (NTWU) and bus operators to help employees, such as bus captains and technicians, understand the new contracting model better and how their interests will be safeguarded.

“LTA has noted NTWU’s feedback and will require the successful tenderer to make employment offers to all workers servicing the tendered bus routes, on terms and conditions that are no (worse) than what the workers have been enjoying under the incumbent operator,”  it stated.

An existing tripartite workgroup chaired by Senior Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo and comprising LTA, NTWU and the Ministry of Manpower will oversee the measures in place for affected workers will also be carried out, the agency added.

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