Date
19 October 2017
A Cathay flight attendant dramatizes the union's demands for better treatment from the airline. Photo: Reuters
A Cathay flight attendant dramatizes the union's demands for better treatment from the airline. Photo: Reuters

Cathay Pacific flight attendants plan August strike

Cathay Pacific flight attendants are stepping up their industrial action to protest cuts in salaries and benefits for cabin staff, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Wednesday.

They are planning a strike for the end of August after a 41-hour sit-in at the arrival hall of Hong Kong airport.

More than 600 members of the flight attendants’ union took part in the protest.

They were protesting a cut in some cabin crew allowances, pay discrepancies for junior staff renewing their contracts and loss of legal support for workers involved in court cases such as civil action stemming from a passenger assault.

The union has more than 6,300 members, or 70 percent of flight attendants.

The airline has cut its out-station allowance for Melbourne to A$35 (US$27.75) a day from A$60 but raised the hourly allowance for long-haul flights by HK$10 (US$1.29).

The Airport Authority urged both sides to resolve the dispute to avoid any flight disruptions.

The authority said a contingency plan is in place in case the action escalates and disrupts airport operations, a spokesman said.

Translation by Vey Wong

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