Singapore Airlines will no longer fire standby flight attendants – Travel Weekly

Singapore Airlines has announced a change to a long-standing controversial policy which means it will no longer fire pregnant flight attendants.

Singapore Airlines previously put cabin crew members on unpaid leave when it discovered they were pregnant. Once the staff member had the baby, they would be told to quit.

Staff seeking to regain their jobs had to reapply for their jobs under a returning employee scheme, but there was no guarantee of re-employment.

However, the change in policy within the airline means that pregnant cabin crew members will be granted 16 weeks of unpaid leave before being automatically placed back on the next flight list. This update comes from a memo sent to staff and reported in the Singapore newspaper The time of the straits that the airline will “further support our cabin crew during and after their pregnancy”.

Pregnant staff may temporarily transition to ground jobs, such as handling customer feedback or administrative work.

Singapore Airlines will now offer a one-year contract renewal for temporary staff whose contract will expire while on leave.

The change in policy comes after more than a decade of campaigning by women’s rights groups in Singapore, who have strongly criticized the airline for discrimination and lobbied for labor rights and worker safety. employment for pregnant women. Among them is the Women’s Association for Action and Research (AWARE), which hailed the “overdue” policy change.

“We welcome the long-awaited policy change from the SIA, a change we previously reported.

“While this is a positive change, we hope SIA will continue to support working moms by allowing more flexible work arrangements and revising its restrictive grooming standards,” AWARE wrote on Twitter.

Singapore Airlines wrote in a statement to Singaporean website Mothership: “Singapore Airlines is supporting our cabin crew during and after their pregnancy. Future cabin crew members can choose to work in a temporary ground detachment from the time they declare pregnancy until before giving birth.

“It can vary between a minimum of three months and nine months. These cabin crew will return to their flight duties at the end of their maternity leave. We continue to work hard to retain and invest in our talent, so they can deliver the world-class service that SIA is known for.

Feature image: Singapore Airlines flight attendants (iStock/kokkai)

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