27th July 2019 – (Hong Kong) At least 473 train drivers from 5 MTR lines including 77 MTR Tseung Kwan O line train drivers have jointly signed several petitions to request the MTR management to respond to their three demands in order to restore their confidence when carrying out their duties. Failing which, the train drivers would escalate their next course of action.
Their demands are as follows:
1) MTR management should issue a press statement to openly admit that the Central Control Centre failed to handle the crisis on 21st July and the blame should not be put solely on the train driver. The purpose is to avoid over-scrutinisation on the train driver by the society and to alleviate pressure on the front line staff.
2) The management should seek clarification from the police force as to why they were slow in responding to the critical situation at Yuen Long MTR Station on 21st July. The police should also provide the appropriate course of action to MTR if similar incident were to happen in near future. This is to ensure the safety of MTR staff and passengers.
3) Management should discuss with front line staff the safety measures ahead of the Tseung Kwan O street protest on 4th of August to restore the confidence of front line staff.
An online post appeared yesterday that if the demands are not met, the train drivers may go on strike 30th July.