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  1. News - Hong Kong - AVIATION

    Summer holiday flights under threat as Cathay pay talks break down

    Posted May 25th 2014, 05:15am by Simon Parry

    ... and its pilots broke down. The Hong Kong Aircrew Officers' Association says cockpit crew may work to rule, known as contract compliance, during the peak travel period in July unless the bitter stalemate is resolved. The union declared an impasse and called for mediation on Friday after successive rounds of pay talks failed. If mediation fails, pilots are entitled to work to rule ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1519402/talks-between-cathay-pacific-pilots-and-airline-break-down
  2. Magazines - Post Magazine

    High alert: North Korea's crystal meth epidemic

    Posted Oct 06th 2013, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... on a far greater scale, is being made, it is claimed, by the technicians and scientists who once worked in state factories. Stripped of government salaries and their access to food rations, ... methamphetamine. In North Korea, crystal meth first became popular among professional men in their 30s and 40s who wanted to increase their endurance because of their work or status, testimony suggests. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/article/1323432/high-alert-north-koreas-crystal-meth-epidemic
  3. News - Hong Kong - FOCUS

    Air safety rules may be over the top, pilot says

    Posted Jul 21st 2013, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... for the wrong reasons include a November 2011 incident when a flight was held hostage by passengers after landing at Chek Lap Kok over compensation offered for a nine-hour delay at Changi Airport. One ... according to a senior serving Cathay Pacific captain. The captain, speaking on condition of anonymity, acknowledged there was a "general concern" among pilots in Hong Kong about standards ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1287103/air-safety-rules-may-be-over-top-pilot-says
  4. News - Hong Kong - FOCUS

    Safety questioned at Hong Kong Airlines

    Posted Jul 21st 2013, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... notice," he said. "There is nothing worse in aviation than working for a company that doesn't respect safety and standards. At Cathay, I failed one or two guys in 21 years. ... Simon Parry Company defends its record as captain speaks out on what he calls 'terrible standards' Safety questioned at Hong Kong Airlines As Christopher Allan prepared to jet ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1287104/safety-questioned-hong-kong-airlines
  5. Pass masters

    Posted May 12th 2009, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... of English with office jobs are finding they can make more money in a couple of hours as a shooter than in a fortnight at work.' Back at the coffee shop, Ms Chen says to our undercover reporter: ... around the world taking the IELTS exam each year, it has become the world standard in English-language testing- and a lucrative system for the academic bodies that charge about 1,200 yuan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/679913/pass-masters
  6. Expect intensified action, Cathay told

    Posted Jan 16th 2011, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... to help Cathay Pacific make these record profits, all they can give us is an increase of a few dollars an hour.' The work-to-rule plan drew majority support in a vote at an extraordinary ... if a work-to-rule planned for the Lunar New Year period fails to force management back to the negotiating table. The Flight Attendants' Union (FAU) says more than 98 per cent of members who have taken ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/735873/expect-intensified-action-cathay-told
  7. Human cost of a trendy phone

    Posted Oct 05th 2008, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... are employed, say workers told them they were paid overtime below the minimum standard for working on public holidays, and were not given copies of their labour contracts. The allegations, based ... and hours are long- are fined half a day's pay. 'Our work is very stressful,' she told an investigator. 'When we punch out at night, we are totally exhausted.' Ms Chan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/655051/human-cost-trendy-phone
  8. Cathay Pacific plane just seconds from collision in Australia

    Posted Dec 29th 2009, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... for the 11?-hour flight shortly before midnight on December 21, raised the alarm. 'When the crew of the A330 questioned the controller, the controller instructed the A330 crew to climb... and cleared ... was not classified as a near-miss and cockpit warning alarms were not triggered, there had been 'a breakdown of separation standards' between the planes. A Cathay Pacific spokeswoman said: 'We ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/702257/cathay-pacific-plane-just-seconds-collision-australia
  9. Bankruptcy threat over reporter's cash

    Posted Nov 01st 2009, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... period in August 2003, when Hollingworth was in hospital with a broken hip, he withdrew almost HK$1.5 million in cash and cheques from her Standard Chartered account, claiming in one recent interview the money was spent on 'wet fish and taxis'. Thomas also withdrew money to cover hourly 'chatting fees' during the time he held an ATM card and chequebook for her ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/697000/bankruptcy-threat-over-reporters-cash
  10. Pay offer averts Christmas Cathay flight disruptions

    Posted Dec 19th 2010, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... their pay demand compared to HK$40 per flying hour for the current fuel surcharge. Cathay Pacific criticised the pilots' decision to vote on a work-to-rule before the pay talks began and warned ... Simon Parry The threat of a Cathay Pacific pilots' work-to-rule disrupting Christmas flights was lifted yesterday as their union recommended a pay offer from management. Holiday ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/733781/pay-offer-averts-christmas-cathay-flight-disruptions

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