Dragonair cabin staff have scrapped plans for industrial action after marathon negotiations between their union and the airline's management led to a deal yesterday. The airline agreed to put in place two new measures immediately: first, hiring 50 more flight attendants; and, secondly, as a temporary measure, operating selected flights as charter operations staffed with other airlines' cabin crews. The deal ending the weeks-long dispute came after a 13-hour meeting that ended at 4am yesterday. The company also agreed to accept five out of six proposals on working hours and conditions put forward earlier by the Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Flight Attendants Association. Winnie Poon (pictured), chairwoman of the association, described the negotiations as successful: 'Although the airline cannot agree to an immediate pay rise, it promises to further negotiate the issue in an annual general meeting between the management and the union in September. It is already responding to our members,' she said. Poon said the deadlock persisted for hours, until management put forward the two new measures. She said she believed they were planned long before as possible remedies. A spokeswoman for Dragonair denied that management's stance suddenly softened: 'We have been keeping sincere communication with the union all the time,' she said. The airline will offer an extra HK$1,000 allowance for flight attendants that volunteer to work on rest days. An allowance will also be given to cabin staff who work on extra flights or flights with less than the desired number of crew members. Five times the regular hourly rate will be paid to cabin staff on top of their basic salary if they are told upon reporting for duty that they will have to work on extra flights. If a flight is run with a cabin-crew member short of the full complement, nine times the crew member's hourly rate will be shared among the remaining crew members as compensation for working short handed. Dragonair also agreed to set up a working group next month, to include members from the union, to review its rostering system. Rostering is a common area of complaint among aircrew, and Dragonair's system has been causing discontent because of frequent last-minute changes. The airline also promised to review guidelines on cabin baggage. The new rules will require passengers to keep their baggage within the weight limit and to put it into overhead compartments themselves. Dragonair welcomed the cancellation of plans for industrial action. Inflight services general manager Cecilia Leung said she was pleased that a consensus was reached and that the union had made the interests of passengers and the general public its first priority. The Labour Department had been acting as a conciliator in the dispute. Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said he was happy to see a resolution.