Davinder Singh Chambers to represent SBS Transit in wage dispute lawsuit

Public transport operator SBS Transit Ltd has appointed Davinder Singh LLC to defend itself against the law suit filed by five of its bus drivers following a wage dispute.

Carson Law Chambers, the law firm representing the SBS Transit bus drivers, confirmed the matter in a Facebook post today (1 Oct).

“SBS Transit Ltd has appointed Davinder Singh Chambers LLC to defend the claims brought against it by 5 SBS drivers whom we are representing,” according to the firm, adding that the company has 14 days to file its defence.

Davinder Singh is also currently the acting solicitor for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in the latter’s ongoing defamation suits against veteran blogger Leong Sze Hian and The Online Citizen‘s editor-in-chief Terry Xu.

Previously on 23 Sep, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at SBS Transit Tammy Tan told TOC in response to queries that the company has received the writs of summons served by Carson Law Chambers on behalf of five of its bus captains.

“We are in discussion with our lawyers. We intend to defend against the allegations rigorously,” added Ms Tan.

SBS “breached the term of the contract on overtime pay and have underpaid” its bus drivers: Plaintiffs’ acting solicitor M Ravi

In a writ of summons filed by lawyer M Ravi on 20 Sep and seen by TOC on 23 Sep, the bus drivers, who have been working for SBS Transit between three years to a decade, alleged that the company has “breached the term of the contract on overtime pay and have underpaid the clients”.

The above claim was made based on the discrepancy between the drivers’ working hour records and the monthly pay slips they had received from SBS Transit, which were below the Ministry of Manpower (MOM)’s regulated pay rate, the document read.

A statement of claim stressed that four of the bus drivers had already “commenced similar suits” against SBS Transit in the Magistrates Court previously, but were told to “wait for the decision” regarding their claim and report against the company.

“However, both the claim and report were ignored despite attending two (2) meetings with the National Transport Workers’ Union (“NTWU”) and ComfortDelGro respectively,” the document read, noting that the meetings took place in Jul and Aug.

The particular plaintiff in the statement of claim had “officially lodged a report to Tripartite Alliance for Dispute Management (TADM)”, which was then referred to the National Trades Congress Union (NTUC).

However, he did not receive any “conclusive answers” after the meetings and decided to request “an official letter” from SBS Transit detailing the breakdown of his monthly pay in order “to better understand where the Defendants were coming from”.

While SBS Transit purportedly agreed to send such a letter within two days of the bus driver’s request, he did not receive any response from the company, following which he “sent out four (4) chaser emails” to the company.

SBS Transit allegedly replied by “restating their position which is in breach of the contract”, according to the statement of claim.

Among the alleged breaches included, but were not limited to, the following:

  • Expecting the plaintiff to work for “7 consecutive days prior to getting an off day”, which the plaintiff claimed was not what both he and SBS Transit had agreed upon in the Letter of Appointment – thus possibly breaching Section 36 of the Employment Act where an employee should be given a rest day per week, or a rest day after a continuous period of 30 hours if on shift; and
  • Putting the plaintiff in a position where he had worked “beyond 44 hours in a week”, which possibly contravenes Sections 38(1)(a) and 38(1)(b) of the Employment Act whereby an employee should not be required to work either more than 6 consecutive hours without a period of leisure, or more than 8 hours in a day, or more than 44 hours in a week.

 

* Editorial by The Online Citizen.

 

 

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17 Responses to “Davinder Singh Chambers to represent SBS Transit in wage dispute lawsuit”

  • TruBlu:

    So Davinder $ing$ becomes the de facto *govt attorney-in-general*?
    I am sure there are better SG LAWYERS than him.

    Come on SGPOREAN LAWYERS, why are you guys hiding?

    Time to SHINE N STAND UP FOR TRUTH N FOR JUSTICE.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Government-run corporation. How to lose?

    No need to go to trial – just give the verdict and spare us the wayang.

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  • slave drivers:

    4 ordinary workers vs a huge corporation.
    Guess who is going to lose?
    everyone knows the answer!
    i really take my hat off to these 4 drivers.
    all the best to them.

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  • Osca:

    Maybe other firm don’t want

    To to know too much.

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  • more questions than Answers:

    why this kind of labour dispute must get Darth Vader to fight SBS case?
    he dont come cheap too. so why?
    SBS exploiting employees and attempting to shut them up from speaking out???
    who is the bus captains’ lawyer?

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  • Keep Within Familee:

    TruBlu:
    So Davinder $ing$ becomes the de facto *govt attorney-in-general*?
    I am sure there are better SG LAWYERS than him.

    Come on SGPOREAN LAWYERS, why are you guys hiding?

    Time to SHINE N STAND UP FOR TRUTH N FOR JUSTICE.

    Do you know why thugs and mafias have few and only their own go-to lawyers?
    They wouldn’t want their corrupt secrets out to everybody and
    easy to finish off with any leaks.

    Educated dafts should exercise some plain simple common sense.

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  • MarBowling:

    Hopefully this time M Ravi would able to make D $ingh Own$elf Davinder Own$elf!

    M Ravi and the 5 bus captains, Jia Yu!

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  • Bapak:

    Now I know why they are proposing to increase travel fares. KNN.

    more questions than Answers:
    why this kind of labour dispute must get Darth Vader to fight SBS case?
    he dont come cheap too. so why?
    SBS exploiting employees and attempting to shut them up from speaking out???
    who is the bus captains’ lawyer?

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  • very unfair fight:

    SBS getting DS to defend them is very fishy .
    at first i thought SBS was being “penny wise?,pound foolish” in a sense that they could easily reimburse the bus captains the shortfall in salaries. wouldnt cost SBS more than a few thousand dollars..
    but now its gonna cost them few hundreds of thousand dollars.
    its like telling us peasants, “you cant win against the establishment. we got big pockets and can get big guns to bring you down”!.
    happened before in other scenarios in our ‘fair’ city.

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  • Irene Vanessa Wan Si Hung:

    Just pay the drivers wages owed lah. Settled. From my own experience, there are locals who want people to work very hard but don’t want to pay well, or even pay. Sounds familiar Veron?

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  • Absolute Power Corrupts:

    very unfair fight:
    SBS getting DS to defend them is very fishy .
    at first i thought SBS was being “penny wise?,pound foolish” in a sense that they could easily reimburse the bus captains the shortfall in salaries. wouldnt cost SBS more than a few thousand dollars..
    but now its gonna cost them few hundreds of thousand dollars.
    its like telling us peasants, “you cant win against the establishment. we got big pockets and can get big guns to bring you down”!.
    happened before in other scenarios in our ‘fair’ city.

    To the establishment, there is no pain as the dafts are their ATMs.
    At the same time they can enrich their crony lawyers because dafts are footing those bills.
    These devils use people’s money to fight amongst themselves to cover-up their mistakes and evils.

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  • pap Singapore is dying:

    Irene Vanessa Wan Si Hung:
    Just pay the drivers wages owed lah. Settled. From my own experience, there are locals who want people to work very hard but don’t want to pay well, or even pay. Sounds familiar Veron?

    very well said.

    when pap folks can ownself declare ownself need S$m wage to maintain own standard of living, yet when it comes to non pap folks so inhumanly scroogee, just tells everyone these pap folks are up to no human good.

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  • Truth prevails:

    If truth is the case, there is no need to get highly paid lawyer to fight the case. Any lawyer will do unless u need really lawyer that can just fight and turn black to white. Getting hightly paid lawyer is only increasing cost to comsumers…the lowly paid sbs traveller,,

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  • PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20:

    slave drivers:
    4 ordinary workers vs a huge corporation.
    Guess who is going to lose?
    everyone knows the answer!
    i really take my hat off to these 4 drivers.
    all the best to them.

    You salute the 4 drivers ?

    Are you stupid ?

    It is very clear that these 4 drivers are canon fodder(炮灰) for the opposition.

    Opposition politicians are devoid of conscience and will make use of the gullible supporters as canon fodder(炮灰) to seize power.

    Singaporeans, do not be canon fodder(炮灰) for opposition party.

    In Hong Kong, the so called pro-democracy MP instigate the students to charge (riot) at the frontline while they hide themselves and their children in a safe place far away.

    So Singaporeans, ask your opposition politician (Dr Tan) 3 questions:
    1. Why your children and you are not charging at the frontline?
    2. Does your children and you holding second passport getting ready to run ?
    3. What can you, opposition, do for me ?

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20
    PAP huat, huat, huat ah… 9% GST is good…
    What’s wrong with collecting more money…

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  • George:

    Khaw BW and Tan CJ do not care for the plight of transport workers in Singapore, VOTE THEM OUT !

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  • bystander:

    Yeh, good to have more law suits going against establishment all at the same time, up till the eve of GE, muddy the waters and give them a taste of their own medicines.
    Sure to lose? So what ah!
    Opposition, make full use of opportunities.
    Salute the 5 bus captains, be “canon fodder” for opposition, so what.

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  • PAP IBs are defective beings:

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20: You salute the 4 drivers ?

    Are you stupid ?

    It is very clear that these 4 drivers are canon fodder(炮灰) for the opposition.

    Opposition politicians are devoid of conscience and will make use of the gullible supporters as canon fodder(炮灰) to seize power.

    Singaporeans, do not be canon fodder(炮灰) for opposition party.

    In Hong Kong, the so called pro-democracy MP instigate the students to charge (riot) at the frontline while they hide themselves and their children in a safe place far away.

    So Singaporeans, ask your opposition politician (Dr Tan) 3 questions:
    1. Why your children and you are not charging at the frontline?
    2. Does your children and you holding second passport getting ready to run ?
    3. What can you, opposition, do for me ?

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20
    PAP huat, huat, huat ah… 9% GST is good…
    What’s wrong with collecting more money…

    ah shuddup lah..you must have been born w/o a brain.

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