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Who: SBS Transit, social media and Sun Cable

Weekly Business Brief | 2019 Week 39

Wrapping up the week's business news and announcements.

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5 bus drivers sue SBS Transit in dispute over working hours and overtime pay

Under Ministry of Manpower (MOM) guidelines, employees are entitled to an overtime pay of 1.5 times their hourly basic pay at a minimum – if their basic salaries do not exceed S$4,500.

Five bus drivers are suing their employer SBS Transit, accusing the transport operator of underpaying them for overtime hours and for getting them to work more than 44 hours a week in breach of the Employment Act.

Their lawyer, Mr M Ravi of Carson Law Chambers, served the writ of summons on Monday (Sep 23).

Court documents state that one of the drivers, Mr Chua Qwong Meng, was expected to work for seven days in a row before getting a day off, which was not what he and SBS Transit agreed on based on the letter of appointment. This was also in breach of the Employment Act.

Mr Chua also claimed he worked more than 44 hours a week, and that he was not paid the regulated overtime pay. Records of his working hours did not match the monthly pay slips he received, according to his statement of claim.

Under Ministry of Manpower (MOM) guidelines, employees are entitled to an overtime pay of 1.5 times their hourly basic pay at a minimum – if their basic salaries do not exceed S$4,500.

Read more in this Channel NewsAsia report.

Viral visuals driving social media manipulation on YouTube, Instagram: researchers

… Facebook remained the most popular platform for social media manipulation due to its size and global reach.

The success of viral memes, videos and pictures in spreading online disinformation is fuelling organised social media manipulation on Instagram and YouTube, researchers at Oxford University said on Thursday.

In an annual report on disinformation trends, the Oxford Internet Institute’s Computational Propaganda Research Project said Facebook remained the most popular platform for social media manipulation due to its size and global reach.

But a focus on visual content more likely to be shared online means users of Google’s YouTube video platform and Facebook’s Instagram photo-sharing site are increasingly being targeted with false or misleading messages, said Samantha Bradshaw, one of the report’s authors.

Bradshaw said the move to target internet users with visual content would make it harder for social media platforms to identify and stamp out manipulated activity.

Read more in this Channel NewsAsia report.

Australian billionaire to back US$14b solar power supply to Singapore: Report

[Sun Cable’s solar farm] would provide one-fifth of Singapore’s electricity needs.

Atlassian Corp co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes has pledged to help fund an ambitious A$20 billion ($14 billion) project to supply solar power from northern Australia to Singapore by a subsea cable, an Australian newspaper reported on Wednesday (Sep 25).

The plan unveiled earlier this year by Singapore firm Sun Cable is to build the world’s largest solar farm in Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory, which could export 3 gigawatts of power via a 3,800km cable to Singapore. This would provide one-fifth of Singapore’s electricity needs.

Sun Cable has not detailed its funding plans for the project.

Read more in this Channel NewsAsia report.


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