SIA REASSURES STAFF ON MC RIGHTS, STAFF STILL UNHAPPY

Dear A.S.S. Editor

After the recent uproar over SIA’s policy for their staff taking Medical Leave, now they had no choice but to come out and reassure deserving cabin crew will not be denied promotions and rewards just because they may fall ill from time to time.

They even had to issue circulars to their staff to say that doing so was not tenable “as we would inevitably be depriving ourselves of good people moving up to assume leadership positions”. In the circular, SIA did not provide details of the scheme but said that the MC component makes up 4 to 6 per cent of the annual appraisal. When decisions are made on promotions, other factors are also taken into account and there is an interview round as well.

However, staff were still disappointed in the circular, as they indicated that it is still quite clear that the SIA management sees nothing wrong with the current practice. and there is no mention of a possible review or rethink, which is quite disheartening. Staff also indicated the current system penalises everyone, including those who are genuinely ill. It does not matter how much. The fact that weightage is given to the MC component is taken into account is unfair.

Seems likely that SIA have burned bridges with their staff.

Jordan Chew

A.S.S. Contributor

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