Singapore bus driver sentenced to jail for strike

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 3, 2012 at 2:03 am •  Published: December 3, 2012

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore has sentenced a Chinese immigrant bus driver to six weeks in prison for his involvement in the city-state's first labor strike in 26 years.

Pushing for the jail term as a deterrent, the prosecution argued in court Monday that although Bao Feng Shan was not an instigator of the strike, he was "far from a mere passive participant."

The prosecution said a lenient approach may encourage others to think that they can commit similar offences.

A total of 171 Chinese bus drivers went on strike last Monday in protest at being paid less than Malaysian bus drivers.

Walking off the job in protest is almost unheard of in Singapore, which requires essential service workers such as bus drivers to give 14 days' notice of a strike.