Hong Kong carrier, Cathay Pacific Airways, was founded in 1946 by American Roy C. Farrell and Australian Sydney H. de Kantzow, offering scheduled passenger and cargo services. Cathay also owns Dragonair and in 2010, Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried nearly 27 million passengers and over 1.8 million tonnes of cargo and mail. Cathay Pacific was a founder member of the Oneworld alliance.
Cathay attendants threaten industrial action over pay
The union representing Cathay Pacific flight attendents said on Monday it might resort to industrial action – including a strike – if the airline did not agree to further discussions on next year’s pay rise and other matters.
The Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union staged a protest midday on Monday at the Hong Kong International Airport on Lantau Island.
Protesters gathered at the arrival hall and marched to Cathay Pacific's check-in counters in the departure hall to press the company for their demand that he company negoitate with the union
Union chairwoman Dora Lai criticised the airline for its unilateral announcement of a two per cent pay rise last week.
She said that if the airline did not get back to the union by 3pm on Tuesday and show a willingness to discuss the pay rise and other related matters, a taskforce under the union would decide whether or not to carry out industrial action in the near future.
A Cathay Pacific spokeswoman would not say whether the airline would negotiate directly with the union on the pay rise, but repeated that the airline would continue to hold regular meetings with the union.
"Cathay Pacific flight attendants demonstrate at Hong Kong airport ", video by Helene Franchineau