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Singapore Sentences 4 Chinese Strikers to Jail

26 February 2013

A Singapore court sentenced four Chinese immigrant bus drivers on Monday to up to seven weeks in prison for instigating the city-state’s first labor strike in 26 years. Three of the men were sentenced to six weeks’ imprisonment. A fourth driver faced an additional charge of publicizing the strike in an online post and received a seven-week jail term for his larger role. Another driver was jailed for six weeks in December and has been deported. In the Nov. 26-27 strike, 171 Chinese bus drivers for a public transport company protested over being paid nearly a quarter less than their Malaysian colleagues. The strike disrupted about 5 percent of the country’s bus services.—AP