Date
24 May 2017
In this file photo taken in May, Cathay Pacific flight attendants stage a protest after failed talks with management over pay and working conditions. Photo: Reuters
In this file photo taken in May, Cathay Pacific flight attendants stage a protest after failed talks with management over pay and working conditions. Photo: Reuters

Cathay Pacific flight attendants seek 6% pay rise for next year

Cathay Pacific Airways flight attendants are seeking a 6 percent pay rise for next year after the airline reported its biggest interim net profit in four years.

The flight attendants union said the proposal is reasonable given the company’s performance, Apple Daily reports.

Union representatives are due to meet management on Monday in the first round of salary negotiations.

Treasurer Ip Chun-kit said the proposal takes into account inflation and a HK$3.74 billion (US$482.56 million) loss for the airline from hedging on jet fuel.

In December last year, the airline announced an average of 4.5 percent pay increase for this year for its ground staff and cabin crew.

Senior staff were capped at 3.9 percent to 4.4 percent.

The union expects some progress by Dec. 4 but said it reserves the right to take industrial action, possibly during the peak Christmas and Lunar New Year holidays.

Meanwhile, vice chairman Julian Yau said the union will ask the company to conduct any disciplinary hearings on cabin crew according to official guidelines.

He accused the airline of not following the rules.

Also, it will seek improved insurance benefits for cabin crew based outside Hong Kong and propose that they be allowed to retire at 65.

The airline said talks on these issues are ongoing.

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