27 Nov '11, 2am

SIA pilots lose fight over 13th month pay

SIA pilots lose fight over 13th month pay

SIA pilots lost their case for the computation of their 13th month bonus to be based on the monthly variable component before it was cut. -- -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN By Royston Sim In Singapore, the annual 13th month bonus is typically paid at the end of the year. But if a worker's pay was reduced during the year, should the bonus be based on the salary earned before or after the pay cut? The Industrial Arbitration Court (IAC) has ruled that it should be the latter, as it settled a dispute between Singapore Airlines (SIA) and its pilots last Friday. The case centres on the quantum of the 13th month bonus paid by SIA to its pilots in 2009. In December that year, SIA reduced the monthly variable component of the pay of a pilot. Air Line Pilots Association (Singapore), or Alpa-S, president P. James said the pilots' 13th month pay is based on basic salary including the mon...

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