HK protest over SMRT strike regrettable: Swee Say

SINGAPORE - The protest by the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) over the illegal strike by SMRT bus drivers from China is highly regrettable, said labour chief Lim Swee Say on the sidelines of the Labour Movement Workplan Seminar on Thursday.

Mr Lim, who is Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress, said it is highly inappropriate for unions of other countries to dictate what another country should do, Channel NewsAsia reported.

Some 20 members of HKCTU held a protest outside the Singapore Consulate in Hong Kong on Wednesday, saying Singapore did not respect the basic rights of workers who go on strike.

It also accused Singapore of not conforming to equal remuneration for its workers. The HK union called on the Singapore Government to reinstate the 29 drivers who were repatriated, and to drop the charges against the five who were detained.

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