The job of a flight steward (sometimes known as flight attendant) had its advantages and disadvantages. It was the same for the girls except they did not stay on long. They had one 5 year contract and it was non renewable. Later on, in the late 1970s the stewardess's contract was renewable for another 5 years. By the 1980s,a flight stewardess with SIA could work up to 15 years. The flight steward retirement age was 45 and with good work and medical records, could work up to age 50 and later to 55.
So you can see from the above,the flight stewardesses did not stay on long. They would leave after the first or second contract to start a new career or family.
A new steward like me when I first started off, had been bullied by the senior crew. It was a norm then. We had to stomach all the cursing and swearing. One of my contemporaries had a coupe plate thrown at him.Another,was kicked in his butt by a chief steward for not chilling the fresh fruits in the first class section (today,he is the owner of some movie link company and drives around in a Jag)A junior stewardess was slapped on her face by another senior girl for being slow in her work. Yet another one had her ear pulled.
When we complained to the office, we were told to quit if we can't tolerate such things. Today,SIA would not condone these rough tactics and would take actions against such senior crew. It's the soft approach that SIA cabin crew advocate, like reporting and counselling the junior crew.
Well,in spite of all the rough treatments,I persevered. Some gave up and threw in the towel by resigning.
One good thing about these senior crew was that most of them would treat you better and as buddies,once you were able to accept their ways. From then on, you would be able to enjoy your work.
Personally,I think those tough treatments were good. They made "steel" out of us and we could weather rougher storms ahead in life.
Today,the crew are more pampered and protected. Some even had the audacity to fix up the senior crew. They are less disciplined in almost every aspect. For example, in those days,you would hardly find male SIA cabin crew without their uniform jackets on. Today, it's not uncommon to see them walking around the airport areas without their jackets. Some even "sling" their jackets over their shoulders like cowboys.....to be continued.