SIA pilots to hold secret ballot on fate of union committee

SIA pilots to hold secret ballot on fate of union committee

SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines (SIA) pilots have about three weeks to decide by secret ballot whether to dissolve their 20-member union committee and call for fresh elections.

The move comes after a meeting lasting more than two hours last night, in which union leaders argued their cases behind closed doors.

Attended by about 60 pilots at the SIA Group Sports Club on Upper Changi Road East, it was held amid discord within the SIA arm of the Air Line Pilots Association-Singapore (Alpa-S).

It is one of three branches within Alpa-S, the others being the SilkAir and SIA Cargo arms.

About 10 months after the 20-member SIA committee was set up, several office bearers called for dissolution last month, citing the inability of the team to work together.

That proposal is supported by Captain William Teng, 43, chairman of the troubled group.

This is the first time an elected SIA committee has called for its own dissolution, The Straits Times understands.

Pilots who spoke in strict confidence after the meeting said several examples were given to show that the committee is not united.

One was that, in negotiations with management on annual pay rises, committee members could not agree on the amount and other details.

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