Date
18 December 2017
Dragonair flight attendants have authorized their union to hold negotiations with management. Photo: Bloomberg
Dragonair flight attendants have authorized their union to hold negotiations with management. Photo: Bloomberg

Dragonair flight attendants decry mainland recruits, long shifts

Flight attendants of Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd. (Dragonair) said they’ve had enough of the lack of job security and long working hours: They have decided to fight for their rights.

Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Flight Attendants Association, the union of flight attendants at the wholly-owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific Airways, has been authorized by its members to enter into negotiations with management, Apple Daily reported Wednesday. Should their demands fall on deaf ears, all options are open, including launching a work-to-rule action or even a strike, the union said.

At an emergency meeting on Tuesday, the flight attendants complained that the company has been recruiting flight attendants in newly established mainland stations, including Shanghai and Hangzhou, and another one soon to open in Beijing, and allowing them to serve flights beyond their base stations and stay overnight. The union said such moves threaten their job security and income as overnight shifts normally bring them extra pay.

In addition, the flight attendants also said their shift arrangements are “killing them” as they are required to fly to up to three destinations in a day and can get only five or six hours of rest instead of the 12-hour minimum rest based on the rules of the Civil Aviation Department.

A Dragonair spokesman said management has taken measures to ease the workload of flight attendants, including adjusting and stabilizing shifts as well as increasing manpower.

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