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Statement on SBS Transit's application to the Industrial Arbitration Court on the collective agreement between SBS Transit and the National Transport Workers' Union

Statement attributable to Mr Kandhavel Periyasamy, Director (Industrial Relations), Labour Relations and Workplaces Division, Ministry of Manpower

  1.  SBS Transit’s application to the Industrial Arbitration Court (IAC) to interpret the collective agreement between SBS Transit and the National Transport Workers’ Union (NTWU) is a constructive move.
  2. The collective agreement’s terms affect not just the 5 individual bus captains, but also affect approximately 6,000 other SBS Transit bus captains as well.
  3. The IAC is a more appropriate forum to deal with this matter as it is a specialised court to arbitrate on industrial disagreements and it serves to maintain industrial peace. The IAC’s interpretation on the collective agreement will provide finality and certainty on the issue for all.