SMRT convenes panel to review appeal by workers sacked over fatal accident

SMRT convenes panel to review appeal by workers sacked over fatal accident

The panel comprises senior management from business units other than its Trains Group, SMRT said. It added that the panel's findings would not prejudice the ongoing investigations by the various authorities.

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SINGAPORE: SMRT has convened a panel to review the appeal made by the two SMRT staff who lost their jobs over a fatal accident in Pasir Ris MRT station in March, the train operator announced on Monday (Sep 26).

The two SMRT staff received help from the National Transport Workers’ Union (NTWU) in appealing their sacking.

In a media statement made jointly with NTWU on Monday, SMRT said: "In response to NTWU’s appeal pertaining to the dismissal of two staff related to the fatal rail accident on Mar 22, SMRT has convened an appeal panel comprising senior management from business units not from the Trains Group. The panel will review the appeal, and ensure fair and due process."

The statement added that the panel's findings would not prejudice the ongoing investigations by the various authorities.

SMRT said it "shares NTWU's concerns for the well-being of the workers and their families. The operator added that it would work with NTWU "to secure employment soonest for the two workers while the panel reviews the case."

SMRT added that both it and NTWU agree on the need to strengthen the safety processes and workforce culture in the company. "NTWU will support SMRT’s efforts to promote a safer work environment for all workers," it said.

Source: CNA/dt

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