Union to discuss revised Cathay Pacific staff contracts
Monday, October 26, 2020
Cathay Pacific Airways flight attendants union will hold an emergency meeting in the afternoon, with staff who escaped the mass layoffs now having to decide whether they will sign on to new contract terms.
Speaking on an RTHK program, union chairwoman Zuki Wong said the company offered extra compensation to staff who will accept the new contracts by Wednesday
She described the new contract terms as harsh as some staff will see their salaries slashed by up to half.
Wong also questioned why the cuts were permanent.
“The company always blames the pandemic for its loss,” she said. “As we expect the aviation industry and the economy to recover in 2024, we consider that the new contract terms should only last two to three years but not forever.”
Wong also criticized the government for doing nothing to help Cathay employees.
“The government has invested so much money in Cathay. It should do its best to make the company keep as many jobs as possible, but not take this opportunity to cut so much staff benefits.”
Wong said union members would listen to legal advice and discuss the matter at the emergency meeting.