This comes after agreements have been reached with the SIA Engineering Company Engineers and Executives Union, the Singapore Airlines Staff Union and the Air Transport Executive Staff Union, according to SIA Engineering. The benefits are in accordance with the group`s collective agreements with its unions. The workers concerned receive compensation on terms negotiated and agreed in the collective agreement with the union, she said. 4. Current difficult environment The importance of this service increment agreement should be mentioned in particular. The company proposed to apply the same service increment rate for 2013 as the previous year, due to a challenging business environment and strong competition, resulting in significantly lower returns, and persistent high fuel prices. However, their union noted that the joint introduction of our Towards Optimal Productivity (TOP) staff productivity initiative for ground staff has yielded positive results for both the company and employees. Currently, 5 divisions of the company have undergone restructuring and reorganization of employment that have resulted in 23 promotions based on skills for employees and productivity improvements for the company. The Workplace Improvement and Innovation Scheme (WINS) also presented a dozen awards, which were presented in recognition of ideas for improving and improving staff processes.
The company, recognizing the efforts of employees to improve their workplace contributions and increase productivity in the ranks, was convinced that there was reason to pay for a relatively higher service increase for 2013. The Union looks forward to seeing more of its staff participate in THE TOP initiatives, so that the company and staff can remain relevant and competitive. With these joint efforts of all parties to improve overall productivity, the Union would be in a better position and have the leverage to negotiate better terms. The workers concerned receive compensation on terms negotiated and agreed in the collective agreement with the union, she said. Among other things, the staff concerned will be taken care of until 31 March next year for hospitalizations and surgical expenses and, if necessary, for repatriation. SIA Engineering expects to save $1 million per month ($687,000) after agreeing with unions that employees will not take pay leave. Your Union is pleased to note that this is the first time that a collective agreement has been concluded within the ESA before the current agreement expires.