Date
11 December 2018
Cathay Pacific management and unions agreed at the pay hike and bonus after nine days of negotiations. Photo: AFP
Cathay Pacific management and unions agreed at the pay hike and bonus after nine days of negotiations. Photo: AFP

Cathay Pacific employees win pay hike and 13th-month bonus

Cathay Pacific Airways employees in Hong Kong will receive a pay increase of at least 3 percent next year plus a 13th-month bonus.

The airline’s management and unions came to the agreement after nine days of negotiations, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Hong Kong-based employees, including cabin crew and ground staff, will see an average 3 percent hike in their base salary, while cabin crew on hourly contracts and have worked for the airline for more than seven years without being promoted will get a raise of 8 percent, effective from Jan. 1 next year.

The pay hike represents an improvement from the 1 percent increase for this year.

Meanwhile, qualified Hong Kong employees of both Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon, about 14,600, will get a 13th-month pay as bonus.

Vera Wu Yee-mei, chair of the Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union, said most of the group’s members were satisfied with the results of its negations, which began on Nov. 26, although their original demand was for a 5.5 percent pay hike.

Under the agreement, Cathay guarantees that its cabin crew at outport bases will get enough rest while maternity leave will be increased to 14 weeks starting from the first quarter next year.

The company will also form a task force with the union to study the feasibility of renewing the method used to calculate outport allowances, or those covering overseas expenses between flights.

Chu Yin-cheong, who chairs the Cathay Pacific Airways Local Staff Union, said although the latest pay adjustment was below their demand for 5 percent, management promised to consider another adjustment in mid-2019 should operations continue to improve.

Cathay saw its losses shrink to HK$263 million in the first half of the year and expected to see a better performance in the second half.

But some fear that the company may need to allocate funds for a data breach earlier this year in which the personal information of about 9.4 million passengers had been accessed without authorization.

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