Date
11 December 2017
Virgin Atlantic has been accused of not offering proper compensation to some laid-off Hong Kong crew members. Photo: HKEJ
Virgin Atlantic has been accused of not offering proper compensation to some laid-off Hong Kong crew members. Photo: HKEJ

Virgin Atlantic agrees to talks with HK union amid labor dispute

Virgin Atlantic Airways officials are preparing to hold discussions with representatives of a Hong Kong flight attendants union following a row over some laid-off cabin crew.

Talks will begin Wednesday evening, with the Labour Department playing a mediating role.

The move comes after some Virgin Atlantic crew staged a wildcat strike at the airport on Monday, forcing a delay in a flight bound for London.   

Staff was aggrieved as the management had refused to hold talks after retrenching 51 Hong Kong-based crew members last November.

The carrier is accused of not compensating the affected employees properly.

Four cabin crew members staged a wildcat strike late Monday night, a move which forced the management back to the negotiation table, Sing Tao Daily reported.

Flight VS207 from Hong Kong to London was scheduled to depart at 11:55 pm Monday, when four of its 11 cabin crew members staged a strike.

The strike led to a crew shortfall and forced a delay in the flight takeoff. Following the disruption in the flight schedule, the carrier’s management apparently agreed to enter into talks with the union.

Ng Man-yee, a spokesperson for the Hong Kong Flight Attendants Alliance, said the strike had been planned a few days ago.

Virgin Atlantic cabin crew to strike over layoffs (Dec. 20, 2015)

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