Date
25 September 2017
Cathay Pacific pilots may do nothing more than the minimum required by their contracts, posing potential delays in the peak summer travel months. Photo: Bloomberg
Cathay Pacific pilots may do nothing more than the minimum required by their contracts, posing potential delays in the peak summer travel months. Photo: Bloomberg

Passengers face delays as Cathay pilot pay talks hit deadlock

Hong Kong passengers face disruptions as long-running talks between Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (00239.HK) and the pilots union over pay remain deadlocked.

However, instead of a strike, the pilots may work to rule, meaning they will do nothing more than the minimum required by their contracts, Apple Daily reported Monday.

The latest round of talks collapsed Friday and the union declared an impasse. It is seeking mediation.

This comes as the summer holiday season is beginning to pick up, raising the prospect of delays and other problems.   

Pilots are increasingly impatient about the lack of progress after months of talks, Chris Beebe, general secretary of the Hong Kong Aircrew Officers’ Association, was quoted as saying. As a result, minimum contract compliance by the pilots is possible.

Negotiations have been continuing in the past year on a pay deal to replace a 2010-2013 agreement, Beebe said.

Meanwhile, a Cathay management source told Apple Daily that the talks had reached an impasse and both sides agreed not to make any move to change the current status during the negotiation period.

The source said previous work-to-rule actions did not disrupt normal operations.

The story first appeared in the South China Morning Post.

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