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Thursday, 5 July 2012

SQ cabin crew still unhappy?


Seriously when you look at other airlines, SQ crew should be thankful to the company in spite of the belt tightening situation.
 SIA lost $38 million during last quarter and yet gave crew more money and extend their working life, according to the new collective agreement. It's not the union which got the increases but rather SIA which is willing to give to the crew. 

Even though SQ has reduced 1 day stay in London, crew still has a minimum of 24 hours layover in a 5 star hotel. They are also paid an average of S$1,500 in allowances just for that few days flight. This amount is in addition to the basic monthly pay of $1,200 for the most junior crew to $3,500 for the most senior.
SQ cabin crew does not work more than 18 hours in a stretch whereas some airlines work their crew till they almost drop dead.

In Tokyo,on the way back from LAX,they stop for 2 nights whereas the technical crew stops for only one night. Lucky man! They are paid all sorts of allowances. It is not uncommon even for a junior crew to earn as much as $4,000 to $5,000 a month. One retired chief steward told me he took home an average of $7,000 a month before his retirement. In fact, this chief steward told me he sometimes get paid around 10k a month. He was on the A345 fleet which operate the long haul flight like SIN/JFK.

My advice for the discontented crew is to buz off and get another job. Go and drive a taxi and see how much you will earn and how hard driving 12 hours a day is.
Of course the consolation you will get after quitting the airline is that you don't have to face the PITA passengers and some of the senior bullies in the office. Hey the other consolation is you also don't have to pay the union membership fees anymore....hahaha.

Latest: SIA staff/crew given 1.24 months bonus

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wa sia lost $$ but staff got 1.24 months bonus.

Anonymous said...

uncle bortong, it is you who is in denial, pay has not risen since i joined years ago, in fact we have all been working more and earning less. Flight these days are not easy at all, with the new crew, most of them cannot make it, look ugly and cannot work.
Look at the prices of food, transport and housing, everything has risen so much, inflation is at its highest, yearly increment is a pathetic 2-3%.
that is why they are hiring foreign crew,they are here to work and earn $$ and then eventually go bac to their country, just like the foodcourt n businesses in singapore prefering to hire PRCs and Pinoys.
We singaporeans are here to stay and retire in our homeland, your thinking and mentality is just like PAP.

Anonymous said...

Uncle BT, do you know how much bonus SIA CEO and executives are getting? Can share this info? Thanks.

Anonymous said...

singapore crew only lugi..... whereas prc and thai crew song song gao jurong in sia... sometimes really make ones wonder why work so hard for your national carrier when they seem to there for foreigners to make $$ easier

Anonymous said...

uncle bortong, it is you who is in denial, pay has not risen since i joined years ago, in fact we have all been working more and earning less. Flight these days are not easy at all, with the new crew, most of them cannot make it, look ugly and cannot work.
Look at the prices of food, transport and housing, everything has risen so much, inflation is at its highest, yearly increment is a pathetic 2-3%.
that is why they are hiring foreign crew,they are here to work and earn $$ and then eventually go bac to their country, just like the foodcourt n businesses in singapore prefering to hire PRCs and Pinoys.
We singaporeans are here to stay and retire in our homeland, your thinking and mentality is just like PAP.

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You got to be kidding me... Why not you resign and try working outside.

Is that the best you can do? Complain? If pay is that pathetic, why are you still in the airline. I am sure you would have done something and move on. Many others did, why not you?

Tsk Tsk!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
singapore crew only lugi..... whereas prc and thai crew song song gao jurong in sia... sometimes really make ones wonder why work so hard for your national carrier when they seem to there for foreigners to make $$ easier

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This is really a typical SGrean rumbling. Angry and frustrated that FTs are coming in to take the job. Blah blah blah.

If SG gals and guys not willing to take up the job, the Uncle BT will be out of job!

Cheng Ho's Batchboy said...

BT No point trying to convince those in CC now that its really tough working outside. Sooner or later the truth will hit home. Many Chances!!

Anonymous said...

with tat idiot we will lose more.today like no union.....office do whatever they like

Anonymous said...

BT, I liked your blog very much and I have always imagined you being "on our Cabin Crew side". Like you could understand how and what we are going through. Unfortunately, I was wrong.

I am Ex crew (5years) and I left 1 year ago. I left because I could no longer work hard for a company like SQ. I felt that my morale is affected. SQ could no longer add value to my life anymore.

I felt that being cabin crew, I am being shortchanged by the company. We are the worst hit when it comes to cost cutting measures. Why should we be apologizing for old aircraft, why should we be apologizing for not enough meals/maincourses/newspapers, why are we being blamed when the pax get angry at the old CMIV? Yes, we might be paid for the job.

Cabin Crew should be deprived of having dignity and their rights? Is that what you trying to say?

Maybe you didn't understand the situation well enough, we are talking about MORALE. During 2008 H1N1, when Cabin Crew Management introduce MVC did the cabin crew complained? We know 2008 was a tough year, we took unpaid leave, long flights become standbys, we stood by SQ.

BT, FYI. We do work more than 18hrs. SIN/EWR is 1850hrs. How about 2 hrs reporting and 1/2 hr landing duties time? I worked 30hours on a EWR/SIN sector before because of AOG.

So, "SQ cabin crew does not work more than 18 hours in a stretch whereas some airlines work their crew till they almost drop dead." is FALSE. Every 345 flight, we all work till we almost drop dead.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-stop_flight

Please look into the 1st and 2nd place of world longest non-stop flight. Both by SQ.

@Cheng Ho's Batchboy, you are wrong. Flying was way tougher..

I started out with a 50% paycut. Within 1 year, my pay now is now comparable to my last drawn pay as a FSS ($5000-$6000).

And fyi, I am not insurance agent or property agent.

Neither I am degree holder or have connections up the corporate ladder.

But working in the corporate world is way more rewarding.


boh tong said...

*clap clap* thank u for ur sapport.

boh tong said...

*clap clap* again...arigato buddy for ur sapport...I no need to comment cos I have many sapporters here. Ppl know what I have said is logical and practical la.

boh tong said...

Cheng Ho's Batchboy...of course they are ex crew who made it outside but far and few right.? Most are struggling after leaving the airlines and regret like hell.

boh tong said...

But then cc voted for him & cronies and gave Alan & Heart a huge thrashing. This is pathetic but I call it retribution for refusing to take my advice during the last election.

boh tong said...

When I said "SQ cabin crew does not work more than 18 hours in a stretch whereas some airlines work their crew till they almost drop dead" I meant SIA does not on a REGULAR basis roster cc to work such long hours like other airlines do. On the A345 it's a different matter altogether because the cc were dedicated crew on that fleet. Like someone rightly pointed out in the comment space cc could opt out of the fleet. But no one wanted to opt out because of the generous penalty payment.
My dear ex-stewardess I like to thank u for ur participation in my blog albeit they were all complaints. I wish u well and may u find full satisfaction in whatever u do. Good luck!