A YEAR-LONG discord within the Singapore Airlines branch of the pilots' union has ended with a walkover for one of two opposing camps. A faction led by former branch chairman William Teng triumphed after the opposition decided not to contest fresh elections following a decision to dissolve the 20-member committee.
The change at the SIA arm - the biggest of three branches within the Air Line Pilots Association-Singapore (Alpa-S) - has also had an impact on the umbrella committee.
Several key officers from the 28-member Alpa-S executive council have been replaced by members of the new SIA committee, The Straits Times has learnt.
The Alpa-S council is made up of members from the SIA union, as well as from the SilkAir and SIA Cargo branches.
With a new team in place at the SIA branch, the Alpa-S council met on Monday to elect its new office-bearers.
Captain Teng was elected vice-president (industrial), the No. 2 seat after council president.
Trouble at the SIA branch started soon after its committee was formed about a year ago.