On behalf of my fellow comrades at SIASU, I would like to extend my warmest regards and hope that everyone has been keeping well. On the same note, I would also like to warmly welcome our fellow NB colleagues into our beloved SQ family.
I believe we have managed to do reasonably well despite the many challenges and adversities we have faced during these tumultuous times. It is our very resilient nature that has led us to persevere and we will definitely emerge stronger. To further alleviate financial worries, crew have been allowed to undertake secondary employment.
We have been in constant talks with SQ management, governmental ministries, and regulatory bodies to efficiently and adequately address the concerns and constraints faced by our crew members. Among the many changes we have spearheaded, some notable ones are:
Introduction of Persons Under Phone Surveillance (PUPS) to replace Quarantine Orders
Implementation of other swab test centres outside of Changi Airport T4 for increased accessibility for crew
Increase the number of swab test notifications in a timely manner for crew
And we will maintain our engagement with them as we continue to put the welfare and interests of our fellow crew members a priority.
According to the MOM advisory dated 2 July 2021, cabin crew are categorised as high-risk workers and are required to be fully vaccinated. All vaccines under the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Emergency Use List (EUL) are officially recognised. However, if crew should choose to take vaccines that are neither Pfizer (Comirnaty) nor Moderna, they will need to bear the cost of such vaccines. Kindly also note that the Vaccine Injury Financial Assistance Programme (VIFAP) by the Ministry of Health (MOH) is not applicable for the non-MRNA vaccines.
Cabin crew vaccination team , the COVAC team is currently assisting our unvaccinated crew with their vaccination arrangements as this affects their future work schedules.
Considering both the Waiver of Exclusive Service (WES) and Voluntary No-Pay Leave (VNPL) being extended till the end of 2021, I would like to take the opportunity to remind everyone to adhere to the new guidelines which will be communicated in the week to come.
Our SIASU representatives are contactable at all times and I would like to once again reiterate that we are committed to attending to the needs and looking after the welfare of our crew.
May we all stay safe and keep healthy.