Cathay Pacific new year strike threat lifted

Cathay Pacific has welcomed an announcement that cabin crew have decided against a strike over Christmas and the new year.

The Flight Attendants Union in Hong Kong was threatening a walkout during the peak travel period in a dispute over pay.

The airline wrote to the union at the end of last week inviting it to continue discussions on “lifestyle and operational matters”, but as yet has not received any response.

General manager cabin crew Liza Ng said: “We are still waiting to hear from them and hope we will soon.”

The airline’s chief executive John Slosar said the removal of threatened industrial action over the peak travel period  was “good news for our passengers, for all Cathay Pacific staff and for the Hong Kong travelling public”.

He said: “Working together as a team to make the airline successful is in everybody’s interest, and I think we should never miss a chance to deliver the very best service to our passengers.

“Aviation has been a difficult business in 2012, and we have tried very hard to explain the challenges we have faced to our staff.

“In total over the past three years even after the 2% awarded this year, most of our staff have received pay increases totalling almost 12%, plus an additional 13th month bonus in each of those three years, and I think this is a pretty good result given the performance of our business.

“The pay increases we have awarded in recent years show that, when times are good, we share the benefits with the Cathay team.”

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