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Singapore Airlines pilots’ union to call snap polls following ‘pilot age’ decision

16012015_SIAThe union representing Singapore Airlines (SIA) pilots will call snap polls as early as next month, following a decision by the airline to stop offering re-employment to captains above the retirement age of 62.

The president of the Air Line Pilots Association – Singapore (Alpa-S), Captain Mok Hin Choon, turns 62 next month, and will have to step down.

He is among more than 90 captains affected by SIA’s decision, which also affects pilots already on re-employment contracts that had allowed them to fly until 64.

They will now have to go by the end of March.

Capt Mok told The Straits Times, “We will have to call for elections quickly, possibly next month, to pick a new president.”

The veteran pilot with more than three decades of flying experience, who was recently offered a one-year re-employment contract ahead of his birthday, said he was “surprised” and “disappointed” by the airline’s decision.

(Source: The Straits Times)