Cathay Pacific

Aircraft workers enter pay talks

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 October, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 October, 1999, 12:00am

TALKS between aircraft maintenance workers and their employer opened yesterday after hundreds of strikers called off their three-day stoppage over a pay dispute.

But they warned they might stage another sit-in at the airport if management failed to guarantee them long-term job stability in the next round of negotiations beginning this week.

Up to 600 airport engineers will file for unpaid leave or sick leave during the strike after the company promised yesterday to waive records of them taking part in the stoppage.

Although employers agreed to give the strikers a chance to join pay talks, Chan Ping-kit, managing director of the Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company (Haeco), said the deadline for the new pay scheme remained on schedule.

Up to 3,000 staff must decide whether to accept the new pay rules or take voluntary redundancy by November 15.