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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Pilots can't downgrade to lower living standard ?

 


The above text message is part of the pilots' letter of appeal to the Minister of Finance not to retrench them. 

I was wondering what they meant by the statement "We have no option of returning to a cheaper second home where the cost of living is two or three times lesser"? I guess it meant that they cannot downgrade from living in million dollar private properties to government subsidized flats like the cheaper HDB, giving up their big and flashy cars and taking public transport, giving up eating at expensive restaurants and eating at cheap hawker centers etc. What do you, my readers think, did I guess correctly or you may have other interpretation?


24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Stay humble la and better get used to living in pigeon holes (hdb flats) for the day will come when all cc included will be out of job because the pandemic will not go away in the next 5 years. All airlines including SIA will fold up.

Anonymous said...

Your guess is right BT. I believe not all pilots...only few of them will feel that it is not an option to downgrade their living standard. But if SQ really need to retrench, you got no choice but to downgrade your living standard unless you have backups. So the choice is still in the hands of the pilot.

Not ashamed to be CC said...

Call our union crappy. Let us see what your union can do when the beloved airlines closed shop? It is MOT (matter of time) you will have to drive taxis and Grab haha

Anonymous said...

Spend what you have in your wallet. Earn $10, spend $9, not $11. But of course, you can spend however you like or wish but be prepared for consequences. It could be retrenchment or accident that result in permanent disability, which the latter won't enable you to continue your current occupation.

Anonymous said...

There's nothing wrong living in HDB. Those living in private properties are doing marketing at HDB markets. You should follow Caucasians marketing at exclusive supermarkets to match your living status.

Anonymous said...

BOH Tong, the person who wrote the letter is just saying that the Malaysian PRs always have the option to return home where the cost of living is so much lower than in Singapore.After all , they are just going back to their own home and country.Singaporeans do not have that option to just hop over as easily to set up home there.Of course,the Singaporean Pilots will be willing to downgrade if required or necessary, similar to any other citizen living here. So your interpretation is totally flawed. Please read the letter carefully again.

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Anon said...

Hi Boh Tong

I believe your interpretation is right. Once pilot minds entrenched with jet-setting and easy-going money making life, they see the lives of a common man below them as a "dirt"

Same goes to Cabin Crew mindset.

Now, both Pilots and CC have realised one day, they'll be grounded which is happening.

Their once high and mighty attitude than the average joe came to a halt.

They've to resort to jobs they once look down upon.

Serve them right.

Anonymous said...

What they meant is unlike the non singaporean, they can't go to Malaysia or SEA where cost of living is lower.

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30 yrs ago said...

It is referring to foreigners, pilots having a non-singapore passport. These can retreat back to KUL, Sarawak, etc where cost of living is lower.

Many in their 40s to 50s will probably have mortgages, school children to finance, regardless if they are pilots, flight attendants, CCE, or security guards.

No income = headache, insecurities. regardless if its HDB home, neighbourhood school or terraced home and mercedes A series car.

It appears that pilots ( SIN passport holders) get a longer runway than flight attendants. Probably pilots have a skill that takes a long time to acquire and to be prepared for reopening of borders to travellers, pilots are much more useful.

This should be a very clear signal to all flight attendants.
You are merely arms & legs for the company to deliver last mile product... and easily replaced. By that reasoning, you should not be emotionally attached to your role in providing extra mile service. It has zero value as demonstrated time & time again when the management decides to chop... its you, the cabin crew.

All the years of collecting compliments, extra mile recognition, big posters is of zero value when it comes to decision time.

Good luck to all.

Anonymous said...

Imo,CC will survive even if covid into 24.Pilot big house,big mortgage,fall from higher,more sound effect.CC flexible,managable loan,adjust.Maybe speaks broken singlish,but so do rest of paxs.Speaking better English,does not equate to surviving the pandemic,no loss of face,only superficial,its the inside that matters.Go for cheaper,experienced ft retrenched aircrew,save billions,cpf our money.

Anonymous said...

Move to JB for now. They will be able to stretch their hard earn SGD further there.

Anon said...

I agree with Anon named '30 years ago'.

Anonymous said...

There will come a time when international travel picks up again and the need for highly trained pilots will be in demand. So the CC here can gloat (I'm in fact amazed by the blatant jealousy on display) but we will be having the last laugh while you will still be where you deserve to be. Good luck to you all. And Boh Tong, what is your game? Stirring up jealousies, insecurities and inculcating a victim mentality. You really should be ashamed.

Anonymous said...

Not 'gloating' but more on Karma. The way Pilots behave the moment they step foot on board...newspapers (and magazines) under their armpits (night flt already and still wanting to read stale news where thousands already read through), welcome drinks (not in S.O.P.), chope main course before paxs orders, got to collect bus tips from them rather than they coming to the crew who's doing the collection, some expect crew to carry loose change and so on.

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Anonymous said...

Yes,totally agreed.Reengineered plane cabin,vaccine proven,not Zombies Apolyapse,cure,not currently recovery.Those totally dependent on JSS,better pray it is on till 24.New type service,totally covid proof,cut out the close contact old sop,or risk getting covid.Spreading on board highly likely,isolation zone etc.Aed totally out,mouth to mouth a death sentence,coming back to base,spreading to community and family,needed to be work out.Maybe covid pay out by MOH,as it cost billions.Termasad should not be bottomless banker,unless central bank can print bills like USA.Retrenched,a scary dirty word,sure trigger an avalanche of me out because ,,,.Humbled by covid,realities hit me etc,learn to repeat,then it release the angst,the fear,since its the same boat all over the world.Its Lord of the Ring,updated,a bit of hunger game,and Games of Throne,local version.Learn from it.PS,Dont forget to donate !

Anonymous said...

“ Yes,totally agreed.Reengineered plane cabin,vaccine proven,not Zombies Apolyapse,cure,not currently recovery.Those totally dependent on JSS,better pray it is on till 24.New type service,totally covid proof,cut out the close contact old sop,or risk getting covid.Spreading on board highly likely,isolation zone etc.Aed totally out,mouth to mouth a death sentence,coming back to base,spreading to community and family,needed to be work out.Maybe covid pay out by MOH,as it cost billions.Termasad should not be bottomless banker,unless central bank can print bills like USA.Retrenched,a scary dirty word,sure trigger an avalanche of me out because ,,,.Humbled by covid,realities hit me etc,learn to repeat,then it release the angst,the fear,since its the same boat all over the world.Its Lord of the Ring,updated,a bit of hunger game,and Games of Throne,local version.Learn from it.PS,Dont forget to donate !“

Are you cabin crew? You need your head read mate. You’re one sandwich short of a picnic.

Anonymous said...

You must be kiwi or kangeroo right,or correct me.In local contact to jump the sin river,bedok etc,the exit plan.In your contact,you need to be clear,being anon,nothing would happen I swear.Or is it flip plata,stir tom yam etc.I commented half in jest,easier to swallow frankly all jobs losses are bad who ever they are.Picnic are seldom seen here,for family,prefers ac Mac,s,the local work harder or even hardest for some reasons.Which part of my proposals triggers you ?Just to remind you,commonwealth day,the Rememberance,those wars years,its all over the central city,but glad you respond,frankly its tongue in cheek from me.

Anonymous said...

I’m not a New Zealander Nor am I Australian. And I stand by my comment that you’re strange. Very strange. I honestly hope you are not working for our company.

Anonymous said...

Multiple points raised.Which points deserves your sandwich ?Btw,no local will have picnic,no mad dog and english,to use the phrase,maybe fw on sunday.You are not Winston,big brother,and now not 1984.Or are you straight minded,barely a funny bones,disturbed your iq ?

Anonymous said...

“ Yes,totally agreed.Reengineered plane cabin,vaccine proven,not Zombies Apolyapse,cure,not currently recovery.Those totally dependent on....


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