SINGAPORE (AP) — Four Chinese immigrant workers who organized Singapore's first strike in nearly three decades face up to a year in prison after being charged with instigating labor unrest.
The men who worked as bus drivers for the island's public transport company were charged Thursday and are in jail while an investigation continues.
Strikes are almost unheard of in Singapore where the ruling party has been in power since 1959 and maintains strict control over political dissent.
Some 171 Chinese bus drivers went on strike Monday in protest at being paid nearly a quarter less than Malaysian bus drivers who work for the same Singapore transport company.
Singapore law requires essential service workers such as bus drivers to give 14 days of notice of a strike.