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Union slams KMB working conditions

2018-02-11 HKT 14:13
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A pro-Beijing bus union on Sunday pointed the finger at KMB over the fatal bus crash, which left 19 people dead and 65 injured, saying the company does not offer staff enough training and has a driver shortage.

In a news conference one day after Hong Kong’s worst bus accident in nearly 15 years, the Motor Transport Workers General Union, an FTU affiliate, criticized the company, saying KMB drivers were not allowed enough rest.

The union also said KMB’s poor pay is the reason it faces a shortage of drivers.

The Confederation of Trade Unions staged a protest at KMB’s headquarters over the issue, and the group’s secretary-general, Lee Cheuk-yan, said unattractive salaries are a long-standing issue at the company.

The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has said she will order an independent inquiry to see whether there are any systemic problems with the city’s bus operations.

Executive Councillor Fanny Law said earlier on Sunday that the independent inquiry should review manpower and rostering issues at franchised bus companies.

Separately, KMB said on Saturday that it would form a panel led by the company’s independent non-executive directors, to investigate the accident.

Godwin So, KMB's general manager in charge of corporate planning and business development, also said the driver had had sufficient rest before beginning his shift.