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.
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