The IFS who was found guilty of upgrading his girl friend and was demoted after a CI today to the rank of Leading Steward (LS) is now considering his next move. The LS rank is 2 rank down from the IFS rank. To be fair to him, the co. should've demoted him 1 rank down to Chief Steward or CS.
He may appeal against the co's decision but it would be futile given now cc is having a lame duck union. Had IFS Alan Tan been the president of the union, this IFS would stand a better chance of either getting a letter of warning and a forfeiture of one or two salary increment or at worst demoted to CS but not to the rank of LS.
I remember there was a similar case during Alan's time whereby a probationary IFS was demoted 1 rank down. This came about after Alan appealed to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to intervene.
The other option is for the IFS concerned to resign from SQ and take his gratuity along. CC will be paid 115k if he or she quit at age 45. After 45, each year later one will get 5k less. In this case, I assume the said IFS is 49 yrs old and he will be paid 20k less which will amount to 95k.
He may stay but only as an LS and it may take years before he gets promoted to a CS let alone an IFS.
I personally knew this IFS and am feeling sad for him. He is not a bad guy but has overstepped his authority and now has to pay a heavy price.
Meanwhile, the junior crew, I was told, are rejoicing and a few are even popping champagne over the demotion of the IFS concerned. What a pathetic place to work in!