SIA Cargo pilots go to court over pay

THE Singapore Airlines (SIA) Cargo pilots’ union will have its dispute with the airline over wages heard on 8 July in Singapore’s Industrial Arbitration Court.

The dispute also involves parent company SIA whose pilots will be represented in court in August.

Pilots from SIA’s subsidiary SilkAir have already resolved their dispute after they struck a deal with management in late June.

SilkAir has agreed to raise captains’ pay between S$340 (US$274) and S$360 ($293) a month and by S$225 ($183) for first officers. They will also receive a lump-sum payment for the back-dated amount owed and their pay adjusted accordingly.

In a move that some may perceive as salt to the wound, SIA has reached agreement with Airbus to lease another 15 A330-300 aircraft.

The aircraft will be delivered new from Airbus’ production line between 2013 and 2015. They will be operated by SIA on routes within Asia, as well as to points in Australia and the Middle East.

They will be leased for a minimum of six years, with an option to extend the lease term, and will join 19 A330-300s already in service.

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