Cathay Pacific flight attendants are making good on their threat to demonstrate over grievances about changes to their working conditions with a protest this afternoon. Representatives of the Flight Attendants Union spent much of yesterday locked in meetings with the airline's management. 'We are all very shocked by management's unilateral decision to change the swap guideline ... . Subsequently, the implementation was 'deferred' indefinitely. We do not think the problem has gone away and therefore we have decided to have a peaceful demonstration outside Cathay City,' the union said. Basic salaries for flight attendants are generally not high and some rely on additional shifts to supplement their income. Although Cathay suspended a policy restricting the swapping of shifts by flight attendants, the union fears it may be implemented later and wants it scrapped. The airline said it decided to defer the move because it did not want to disrupt the lifestyle of its crew. The policy would have required attendants to work at least 70 flying hours a month before swapping with colleagues. The union has a list of grievances, including plans to cut staff layover times for flights to Milan from 48 to 28 hours, that it wants addressed.