Saturday, September 26, 2020

The union has done a good job!

 Heart Party has prevented the PRs and Singapore cabin crew from being retrenched. Out of the 9,500 crew, only 1,400 has been laid off. These were mostly trainees and foreign crew. Had it been another party in charged, more would have been retrenched.

Keep up the excellent work Heart! 👍

Friday, July 10, 2020

Thursday, September 12, 2019

2019 SIASU cabin crew election

The above election was held over 9 days from 2/9/19 to 10/9/19
(9 days of voting). All 30 seats were won by Heart Party.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Update from the new team HEART

Greetings Comrades,

First, we would like to extend our fullest appreciation for the support and well- wishes to everyone during and after the Cabin crew branch elections. We are very thankful for the full mandate given and we will strive to serve the needs of Cabin crew.

We were declared delegates of Cabin crew division on the 20 April 2015 and we have officially taken office as union representatives on the 28 May 2015.We have in fact started to address issues just a day after the elections in April. We will make good our proposals and promises and as we move forward we will always stay contactable and look into crew’s needs and welfare. This website is for us to disseminate, share and update crew periodically and this is one of our many platforms to reach out to crew. We have put up our Organization setup charts with contact details both at control centre and also in the crew mailbox room.

We would like to highlight the LMA issue. The current Collective agreement CA 2012 which includes the LMA formulation signed by the previous union is still in force although expired. As stated in the Collective Agreement, negotiations for any new Collective Agreement could commence 12 months (Jan 2014) preceding to its expiry date however nothing was done. Hence when we took office last month, LMA for July 2015 inevitably was put in place. We will work and look into the declining LMA and find a favorable solution for cabin crew.

We have just concluded our month’s end Union/Management meetings in June and the meetings include all cabin crew departments and also the Human Resource shared services division. We had the honour of having the chairman of SIA, Mr. Stephen Lee at our first meeting. SVP Marvin Tan was also present at the dialogue which lasted almost 2 hours. Chairman who has just returned from the Paris air show briefed and updated the union on matters related to the aviation industry. Many issues and concerns were highlighted to his attention.

To date, we have changed the US visa renewal process, eased constraints which crew faces on short flights, addressed PVG hotel issues, doctor consultation at RMG clinic T3 and A330 ‘top up’ crew for SQ 836 PVG flights

Crew no longer need to use their annual leave for their US visa renewal. On weekends and public holidays, crew would be rostered OFFD and crew would be grounded for weekdays.

Effective 1st June 2015, ‘after take off’ drinks for JCL and EY on all South East Asia routes have ceased.  Laying of table linens for JCL has also ceased.

The contract at Crowne hotel PVG was terminated in May in view of safety and security issues. We would soon be accommodated in another hotel which will be appointed with our consultation. For the moment we have requested for an enhanced security until we move out of Crowne PVG.

As RMG is no longer our medical provider, we raised our concerns with management over the inconvenience and constraints crew face. We managed to convince management for crew to seek medical consultation at RMG T3 prior to reporting and after flight duties. Crew reporting for flight need not pay upfront at the clinic and this also applies to both accident and hospitalization cases .Crew would need to pay for visits to the clinic only for after flight duties and crew would be fully reimbursed.

We have also secured a ‘top up’ crew for A330 SQ 836 PVG flights. The eleventh crew would be triggered upon JCL load of 24 passengers and above either way.

We are presently looking into our crew meals (JCL) which have been absorbed into passengers’ portion. We are also discussing the JCL constraints for the B7WT aircraft type and ‘top up’ crew for other A330 flights.
Finally, we have started our Collective Agreement negotiations which expired 31december 2014 and we will update crew periodically. We will soon have a “Meet the Members” session at STC. Details would be made known through our various platforms. Lastly, we would like to wish all happy flying and safe flights always.

Admin team
Heart Party

SIASU cabin crew website is here

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Cabin crew management was briefed following HEART's victory in the April union election

The week after HEART's victory, management staff in cabin crew were briefed by its big boss that they will have a challenging time ahead. They were also told to wake up from their slumber. Indeed, these people will be having a "HARD" time from HEART if they do not perform to standards required of them.
Another thing my source told me was that the hotel in Shanghai where the crew stays will be changed. The current one is not so safe for the crew as far as security is concerned. Just a few days ago, there was an incidence of a non hotel guest having access to the hotel premise. This stranger kept knocking at the door of a female crew in the middle of the night, scaring the daylight out of her.
Aside from security issue the place where the hotel is situated is seriously polluted. Surely we do not want our crew to suffocate do we?

I will update this blog as soon as I gather more information. Meanwhile, take good care of yourselves and be happy as you have voted in an excellent team to look after your welfare.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Choice would have done better had it used Eddie

Choice could have performed a little better the last 4 1/2 years had it engaged Eddie as its consultant. Instead, it roped in donkey to help. Donkey is history. It used to ride on Eddie's bandwagon and survived.
Now choice is a defunct party. OneVoice, its offshoot tried its luck at the last election but was beaten badly by Heart. Even Unity fared better than OneVoice.
I asked Eddy during the election campaign what he thought of OneVoice's chances of winning. He replied that Choice's failure to impress the members with its performances would have a negative impact on OneVoice's chances of victory. On 20 April, Eddie turned out to be correct in his assessment of the OneVoice.
I wish HEART all the best in its effort to bring about a better working environment and subsequently improve the lives of all cabin crew.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Hey Sleeping Beauty wake up!

Officially the new team will take over the running of SIASU from 28 June. Alan Tan from cabin crew will be its new president and Ratha  from SIAEC will be the new general secretary.
However, I understand that Alan has told cabin crew management he could not wait for the official date to start having meetings with them but instead had swung into action and smoothened out some urgent crew issues. I think this guy Alan is a man of action and the members simply love his style.

A few cc middle management people had been chewed up by the HEART for dragging their feet on certain urgent crew issues. These people should wake up! The honeymoon is over. This is not the CHOICE people. Agreed, the management loved CHOICE a lot because I was told by some crew that it was easy going and compromising for the last 4 1/2 years. To be nice is one thing but when you are voted by the members to take charge of their welfare you would have to be hardheaded when negotiating with the company with the objective of improving the working lives of the crew.

Anyway, CHOICE is history and now it's back to Alan and HEART. I strongly believe this team will do a good job in the next 4 years or so. It may a tough 4 years because of the deteriorating situation but nothing is impossible. With majority of the crew behind the union, HEART will do well.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Crew compelled to take annual leave and the story of Animal Farm

Many cabin crew complained that they were forced to take annual leave for a duration of 2 days during the weekends while waiting for their USA visa to be processed.
A USA visa normally takes 5 to 6 working days to be processed and during this period the crew are not allowed to "fly" as he or she is without the possession of the passport. So meanwhile, the crew is "grounded" at cc control centre to help out in the ground duties. However, the crew are compelled to use her/his annual leave to cover Saturdays and Sundays since they are not rostered for duty. A fair solution is to deduct the 2 days  from the crew's 110 off-days (each cc gets 110 days off in a year) and not make them use their annual leave.

Drinking kopi and eating curry puffs while the workers slogged their guts out

Psst, I also heard that a union once had a 3 hour meeting with the management and came out with a half page minutes of the meeting. Heard both parties were eating curry puffs and drinking kopi.This reminds me of the story called Animal