He said newer rail maintenance crew often are “unable to acclimatise to the stressful and fast-paced work environment”.
“The lean manpower situation doesn’t do retention efforts any favour too,” he said.
But he said the introduction of the Progressive Wage Model for rail workers by SMRT is a good initiative as it helps attract potential jobseekers. “The upcoming Singapore Rail Academy will also play a key role in professionalising our rail industry and workers.
Granted, there are too many incidents of train disruptions in the last few years. But surely, we can acknowledge the fact that rail maintenance crews, who work behind the scenes while most of us are asleep, are doing their utmost best in ensuring a smooth journey for us every morning.
After all, they only have a tight schedule of carrying out works between 1.00am to 4.30am.