17 October, 2017

Sri Lankan Airlines Stewardesses; Forced To Choose Between Jobs Or Babies!

By Marlon Dale Ferreira

Marlon Dale Ferreira

Marlon Dale Ferreira

‘No Smiles on Board’ industrial action could take effect any time after tomorrow’

The fourteen day notice period ending today the 7th of December 2014 by the Flight Attendants Union of Sri Lankan Airlines may ignite their threatened Industrial Action  of “No Smiles” by wiping  away the their smiles on board all flights the airline operates on their entire network. The famous ‘Sri Lankan Smile’ that the airline has been made world famous for, may seize and be wiped away due to their ‘Collective Bargaining Agreement’ which still has not been finalized by the Airline’s Senior Management which includes a clause that would permit Stewardesses to have babies within the first six years of joining and not having to resign.

At present ‘Flight Stewardesses’ are recruited on an initial three year contract, where they are not entitled to the privileges that the permanent staff benefit from. They do have to sign and accept their letters of appointment which states that in the event they get pregnant during this period they have to resign from their jobs. Thereafter once made permanent in their role the new letter of appointment also stipulates that they have to wait another three years prior to being able to reap the joys of motherhood. This totals to a colossal number, of six years even before any ‘Flight Stewardesses’ could even think of doing both the job she loves and also have a family of her own.

A sri Lankan Airline worker - File photo

In a shocking revelation it has been highlighted that many wedded ‘Flight Stewardesses’ have been terminating their pregnancies during this six year period just to protect their jobs due to economic reasons. On the other hand many of our ‘Princesses in the sky’ have silently handed in their resignations and in a heart wrenching manner quit a job they so dearly loved, simply to start a family of their own.

The ‘Collective Bargaining Agreement’ (CBA) is usually signed between the Senior Management of the Airline and the Flight Attendants Union (FAU) and is conducted once in three years to protect both parties.

However the previous committee of the Flight Attendants Union had brought this issue up and wanted the same privileges of providing ‘Senior Flight Stewardesses’ with having the option of working on ground, seeing their pregnancies through, going on maternity leave and coming back to resume flying, being also extended to those ‘Flight Stewardesses’ who are currently hampered with this traumatic issue.

Ever since May of 2013 the finalization of the CBA which includes this clause has been delayed by the Senior Management of the Airline which in the process has created mental stress and heart ache to the affected ‘Flight Stewardesses’.

Despite the best efforts of Chairman Nishantha Wickramasinghe and CEO Kapila Chandrasena who have elevated the airline to ‘One World’ status and re-fleeting the airline with ultra-modern aircraft, they have viewed this issue from a rather humane perspective and have been proactively engaged in finding solutions and giving redress in order to maintain industrial harmony.

The Flight Attendants however have an obstacle, in the name of Pradeepa Kekulawala the Head of Human Resources of the airline who continues to drag his feet using various excuses to undermine the happy work force that could otherwise exist.

It is now 18 months that this CBA has been pending with still no end in sight.

Kekulawala when spoken to over the phone confirmed saying “we did sort out this issue at the end of November 2014 and have verbally informed the Flight Attendants Union and it is only a matter of time before it will be officially endorsed. At the moment the issues relating to ‘Flight Stewardesses’ having to resign due to pregnancies has been sorted”.

A member of the Flight Attendants Union (FAU) went on to say “words spoken are just happy stories the Senior Management tell us and nothing been inked as yet. It has been a solid year and a half that the Head of Human Resources has being using every possible tactic to vacillate the entire process of the CBA which has been agreed upon by the Chairman and the CEO. Some quarters in the Union are made to further believe that this tactic to slur the process of signing the CBA could be a motive to undermine the smooth functioning of the department due to Kekulawala’s own political leanings.”

Another member revealed that Kekulawala has even further refined the art of ‘delaying and denying’ whereby confirmation and promotional criteria are also belated by a number of six months at times by his introduced policy which confirms staff in employment only in the calendar months of January and June. Employees end up been deprived of their due confirmation, promotional advancement and the associated gratuity due to this unethical practice which flies contrary to all forms of decent Human Resource Management.

It has also been whispered that Flight Attendants of the of the airline are eagerly anticipating their payment of ‘back pay’ which is long overdue along with their salaries this month before the coming Christmas season. The failure of this happening may warrant the FAU to revisit a situation the airline found itself in the past, when the FAU headed then by Primall De Silva, brought the airline to its knees for a day by grounding all aircraft and crippling the entire operations. This was when the members of the FAU rallied around De Silva and supported him in ensuring that Walter Riggans the Emirates Airline employee under the Middle East’s airline’s reign was evicted from his role as the ‘Head of Service Delivery’ of the airline. The management of Emirates Airline in a smart move offered De Silva a promotion in a grade nine capacity and a job as “Safety Manager” and drew him on to their side. De Silva who was a ‘Flight Purser’ then has now further pursued his career and is currently the airline’s General Manager Sri Lankan Aviation College.

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  • 9
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    This is somthing similar to the mainland Chinese Welders of Containers- max age 25 redundant in that profession. very stringent for the kids from 16 years like “specially designed dinghies that are very stable” – well constructed, well built products big business down under.

    sad but true.

    hello boys the girls are pretty that you cannot match even with a smile.

    keep smiling and keep the stalk away to 25-27 you are still the babes in the skies.

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      Marlon Dale Ferreira

      RE: Sri Lankan Airlines Stewardesses; Forced To Choose Between Jobs Or Babies!

      Can they take a few years “Baby Sabbatical”. to have babies.

      After All, we all need babies, to replace us..

  • 3
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    Male flight attendant tips off that Paskaralingham and Chris Nonis using their directorship of UK registered company number: FC010124 were the key persons who stopped Kapila Chandrasena from doing the correct thing.
    While Nishantha Wickramasinghe is a predator of poor lasses and lads from deep south Kapila Chandrasena needs credit for standing up for his employees.
    Kapila Chandrasena rose through the ranks with hard work.

    http://companycheck.co.uk/director/904725839/RAMALINGAM-PASKARALINGAM

    http://companycheck.co.uk/director/916477587/DR-CHRISANTHA-NICHOLAS-ANTHONY-NONIS

  • 5
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    Can anybody shed light on the issue that the newly purchased A330 has been delivered without its belly tank and the plane is flying with the tanks only on the wings. If so this is another case of abortion.

    • 0
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      Thsi cannot be the case as Srilankan is a reputed airline flying into EUROPEAN airspace where there have strict guidelines and UL is also part of ONEWORLD

      so this is a nothing but a rumor spread by the ignorant of aviation standards and rules!

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        Peace Lover

        This information is coming from within Sri Lankan airlines. The plane was purchased to service SAE destinations for which regulations are met. The airline was routed to London after it was delivered and Pilots know that they get into London barely within the minimum requirement. They manage this by not loading the aircraft to its full passenger and cargo capacity causing a loss to the airline.

        We should not debate whether the aircraft meets EU regulations or not because that is a separate subject. But the question must be answered if the airline was delivered with its belly tank or was this converted to a commission? The public have the right to know.

  • 5
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    Sri Lankan Airlines Stewardesses; Forced To Choose Between Jobs Or Babies!

    Stupid article.

    What craps to write articles.

    what do you want air line service or pregnant women walking here and there ? [Edited out]

  • 0
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    WILL CC Sira put this on the manifesto as part of the deal with the UNP MOU….

    I mean few UNP heavies have been going to town bagging our National Airlines for a long time … Right

    May be Srilankan should have a little creche at the back of the new A 350..

    And Marlon can sell the idea worldwide as a Franchise.

    Wonder who will be the lucky UNP dude who will get the CEO job…

    • 0
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      well what has UNP got to o with this Athal Sumane?

      the many times you drag UNP OR TNA just shows that your edgy and nervous about the opposition mate ;-)

      calm down and head to otters ac for a good shot of ur favorite will ya

  • 3
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    Isn’t Sanath J responsible for impregnating half of these stewardesses?

  • 0
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    I had heard about this a long time ago when it was air lanka . nothing new

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    Didn’t realize Sri Lanka got the monopoly on world famous smile. Hear lie the problem Sri Lanka every thing they do suppose to be the best in the world. So no wonder with patriotic chest beating when Rajapkse government announce that Sri Lank was on fast rack to be number one hub for education,fiancé, tourism, oil exploration ,Medical, IT, space exploration, Manufacturing and plethora other goanna be achievements staging commonwealth games,Olympics,F1 one racing, FIFFA World cup soccer people beloved and bit the bate hook line and sinker. I have flown SAL smile is not and issue. Story is about rights of the flight attendants’ prospect of getting a job or keeping it I don’t give a toss about the worlds famous smile or not as long as flight is safe and comfortable flight.I presume photo is proof so called world smile air line made famous no other air line in the world not been able to achieve.

  • 0
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    In most jobs we have to give up something personal. There is no total freedom to do what we want in life. We trade off and compromise. The subject matter is one such situation.

  • 2
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    The so called “airline smile” is a mild form of forced prostitution (institutionalized). Surprised, our usually smart commentors have missed this.

    In this day and age, I cannot see how this practice survives, considering the male flyers on the plane, while “assessing” the stewardess “from every angle”, are weighing their concealed thought how interesting she will be in bed.

    With cruel restrictions like this, no wonder the poor lasses can be easily by the brutalized by predators like Chairman Wickremasingha and his cohorts. Shocking this is government policy in a Buddhist country.

  • 3
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    Feel sympathy for these ladies who bring smiles above the sky. But there are few very arrogant stewardesses who think who rule the world above….

    Behind this every ”Famous Sri Lankan Smile” a sinister motive always lies. Look at those people serving the foreigners behind every boutiques, hotels, restaurants, gem shops and street venders to touts to Tuk-Tuk drivers disgustingly display all the teeth to please foreigners while grunting the fellow country folks.
    It’s pure selfish smile to make money out of their pocket in any way….
    There is nothing natural behind that so-called smile!!!!

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      I am sure, if before you boarded the flight, you had a proper bath, brushed your teeth and tongue well, and used some cologne under your arm pits, and made sure you emitted no foul body odour, the pretty damsels without exception would have displayed all their teeth to you as well.

      Try this out next time you fly. And let CT readers know what a pleasant experience that was.

      Try to be less bitter; don’t forget to smile; you will find the world a much better place.

  • 1
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    The denial of biological rights of young girls? For whose advantage? Is it surreptiously waived in the event that the lass sells her body to a powerful philanderer?

    ALL THIS MUST CHANGE.

  • 1
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    The Thug BBS monk should visit Sri Lankan office, most of the working girls are Sinhalese… protect the race.

  • 0
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    when will be the next interview?

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