20 Sep '11, 11am

Voting just opened! Who bugged you most this past year? Vote them for the Alamak! Award!!!

Voting just opened! Who bugged you most this past year? Vote them for the Alamak! Award!!!

It’s a great way to fly – well, perhaps not so much for its female cabin crew. Unlike most other global carriers, SIA’s stewardesses have to resign once they are pregnant unless they can get a ground position, which is difficult to obtain. Steps in the right direction: The airline’s Returning Mothers Scheme, which allows crew to rejoin the company if they meet employment criteria, as well as the initiative announced last year that grants pregnant cabin crew an ex-gratia payment amounting to two months of their basic salary when they resign. But such an exceptional airline and national icon should be held to higher standards of excellence. How about doing away with the automatic termination, paying full maternity benefits, extending the crew members’ flying years and hiring female pilots?

Full article: http://www.aware.org.sg/2011/09/vote-for-our-alamak-award/

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