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Shorter Work Months at Singapore Airlines

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Singapore Airlines began its “Shorter Work Month” scheme for all staff from 1 May 2009.

Following mediation between the company and the Air Line Pilots Association – Singapore (ALPA-S) with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), ALPA–S has agreed to one day of compulsory no-pay leave for pilots for the month of May 2009.

The airline says the move is an interim measure to provide both parties more time for discussions on the number of compulsory no-pay leave days required to match headcount to operational requirements.

Two of the three in-house unions - the Singapore Airlines Staff Union (representing ground staff and cabin crew) and the Airline Executive Staff Union (representing staff in the administrative officer grades) - had earlier signed in-principle agreements to extend the scheme to all ground staff and cabin crew from 1 May 2009.

Senior management staff of Singapore Airlines (those in the grade of Vice President and above) adopted a shorter work month from 1 April 2009. The scheme will also apply to all other managers from 1 May 2009.

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