I am an ex crew.
The work that cabin crew do is admirable. It takes a lot of energy and planning, even to just serve a tray of drinks.
Things like looking out for bits and pieces of plastic that is left inside the plastic cups, before pouring water etc.. looking out for other crew members while opening compartments because the galleys are very compact.
Ensuring that the plastic cups are aligned and sitting squarely on the tray. Looking out for blankets that may trip you as you proceed out into the cabin. Turning around carefully, so as not to bump into anything or anyone and spilling the whole tray.
To any non-crew, this all sound trivial, as they are unaware of the work environment.
Nonetheless, I suggest that crew should plan their exit from the airline.
The employment scene outside of the airline is just as good. In fact, you may get far better recognition and career prospects than staying where you are.
Your drive and passion that you have while serving at 30,000 feet and walking all the way to SYD, tolerating the nonsense from demanding pax, is exactly the same quality that will propel you to a satisfying outcome.
And, yes, you will get more than $3800 nett. sometimes with less working hours and less hassel in getting that hard earned ticket to Rome or Mexico.. without being treated as 2nd class baggage by balloting and begging to get leave using your leave points.
But, ( there is always a but ) if you feel comfortable with the predictable turnarounds, the leave balloting, the management style of pushing the envelope, the annual SEP tests, the anxiety of taxi pick ups at 5am, the curt, in-your-face style of Control centre.... then by all means, stay!
And, in that case, shut up and accept your fate, accept whatever the Union has arranged and stop gripping!
Its not the end of the world if you do not have free tickets to travel annually! its not the end of the world if you cannot shop at the 100Yen shop and it is not the end if you cannot eat pizza/spaghetti in FRA.
The world outside of the airline is equally exciting, if not more.
You were attracted by the bright lights and the allure of being a cabin crew.You got in, you experienced it. Its a feather in your cap. Time to move on to new challenges... to stay on might dull your sense of adventure and your spirit of enterprise.
I know, because, I have: been there
done that. $3800 to stay? right.
and you will leave if you get more or equal to that?
In that case, you better stay.. since money is prime for you.
I am advocating that crew should leave because the airline is NOT going to shelter you for life.
Neither is the next employer.
It is your drive and passion that got you into the airline, and so, before that runs out, leave and establish your worth where it will be rewarded... instead of waiting for the Union or Management to reward you! Is this so difficult?
I would like to thank BT for the opportunity to use your blog to post my views.
Thank you and have a merry xmas, and jolly time with all you hold close..
Best wishes also to all crew..!
BT: Well said and thank you very much for your contribution