This episode of wage protest by PRC bus drivers is not only bad publicity for SMRT, but also tarnished the reputation of Singapore as a model city to live and work in. After all, wage strikes are not common in Singapore and are viewed seriously by the government. The last wage dispute I know of was by SIA pilots several years ago. Back then, our former Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew stepped in and intervened in the negotation with the pilots' union. This time round, the government did not intervene but MOM is monitoring the situation closely.
I hope the issue can be resolved amicably and swiftly as it concerns the functioning of public transport. If the Chinese bus drivers think they can get away by staging a public protest, then they are wrong. This is Singapore, a country governed by law and order. This is not like China where you can stage factory protests. If the Chinese bus drivers are not happy with their wages, they should go through the proper channels within their company (HR department or management talks). They should not have staged the public protest as it will not solve the issue at all.
One key lesson that all Singapore employer should take note from this incident is that employing cheap foreign labour is not going to be a sustainable model. Sooner or later, because of rising living standards and cost of living, foreign workers would surely demand salary hikes.