Yep as the saying goes,'The grass is greener over the other side of the fence' but many a times when you get over the other side,you would be disappointed.
Why the disappointment? Many reasons I supposed.One of them could be as you may find out, the grass isn't any greener and some had been trampled on.
The above applies to many things in life. It could be migration to another country,marry a spouse from a different cultural background,going for a so-called better job, so on and so forth.
Here I would like to talk about SQ cabin crew expressing their dissatisfaction with their company. The crew complained about the wages,condition of work,the working environment,the management,the company policies pertaining to matters like free travel on SQ's flights,medical benefits etc.
The crew need to be exposed to the outside working world. Low salary paid by SQ? Well,tell me where can a crew with a 'O' level or 'A' level education be paid the average of S$3,500 per month when they start flying as a stewardess or steward? That works out to S$42,000 a year and what about bonuses? SIA paid 6.07 month bonus this year to its staff. After taxes,the crew get about $40,000 per year and that's much more than an international Australian airline new cabin crew are paid The taxes are pretty high in Australia with crew paying up to 40% of their wages.
In UK,it is as high as in Australia. The Japanese crew pay a little lower than their European counterparts but their cost of living is many times higher than Singapore.
Working for a company in Singapore with the type of educational qualification and limited experience required by SQ,one would not be paid more than S$1,500 per month.
A fresh graduate with a general degree would be paid an average salary of $2,500 if one is lucky.
With my 35 years of working experience as a crew,instructor and executive,I had been offered jobs of not more than S$1,500. Perhaps,the low salary offered to me was due to my age. My wealth of working experience was not taken into consideration. Now,you tell me,SIA cabin crew where in the world are you able to fetch a salary of S$3,500 a month with your kind of work experience in the outside world?
An American airline pays about S$2,000 a month to its cabin crew based here,in Singapore. Looking at their rosters and the hours flown,they work harder than the SQ crew. They currently night stop their crew at Tokyo only and the rest of the flying patterns are turnaround flights.
So SQ cabin crew do appreciate what you have now. The grass over there aren't greener..believe you me cos I know what I am talking about.
You will only appreciate what you currently have when you lose it.
Do not for a moment think I am in the same league as you all. I have always appreciated the job SQ gave me all these years.
As for now,I am quite comfortable in my retirement and I do not need to work. Blogging,as I found out not very late in life though,is the passion of my life and I am able to make enough to pay for my daily cup of kopi and the 2 meals of my choice whether at the neighbourhood coffeshop or at the Ritz Carlton.