Frontline workers including cleaners at Changi Airport to get $ 50 ez-link card, Transport News & Top Stories
SINGAPORE – A thousand frontline workers at Changi Airport will receive ez-link cards with a stored value of $ 50 as a gift next month.
The decision to help cover their transportation costs was the result of a grassroots initiative of around 70 officers from the Singapore Civil Aviation Authority (CAAS) who wanted to show their appreciation for the workers.
Calling themselves Friends for Aviation (FFA), the group of officers said on Saturday, June 12 that cleaners, trolleys and baggage handlers will be among the workers who will benefit.
The FFA said some of those workers now had to travel more often for their routine Covid-19 tests, following stepped-up measures at the airport last month to guard against the emergence of another group of cases of Covid-19.
A total of 43 Changi workers tested positive for Covid-19 last month. This resulted in the closure of the terminal buildings to the public for an initial period of two weeks. The closure has now been extended indefinitely to allow the airport community to adapt to the new security measures.
FFA Founder Ms Angela Ng, who works as CAAS Aviation Policy Officer, said the Covid-19 outbreak in Changi has added to the challenges for the aviation sector, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
“So everyone needs encouragement, especially our front lines who don’t have the option to work from home to stay safe,” she said.
“Their jobs and livelihoods are tied to what they do on the front lines.
The FFA said it has pooled $ 25,000 to fund the distribution of the ez-link card.
The remaining $ 25,000 needed will come from Temasek Trust’s oscar @ sg fund, which has agreed to match the FFA’s contribution on a dollar-for-dollar basis.
CAAS director general-designate Han Kok Juan said the initiative complements the $ 15 million fund that the authority and the Changi Airport group have set aside to help workers in the aviation.
He hailed the initiative as “an excellent example of the strong community spirit” at Changi Airport.
Members of the public who wish to show their support for the front lines of aviation can submit messages of appreciation and encouragement by June 25. The messages will be printed and distributed with the ez-link cards.
Details of the submission can be found on the Friends For Aviation Instagram page.