The Straits Times
Published on Dec 20, 2012

Cathay Pacific crew call off holiday strikes


HONG KONG (AFP) - The union representing Cathay Pacific flight crew said on Thursday it had shelved plans for industrial action over the Christmas holidays after the airline agreed to improve their working conditions.

Staff had threatened to stop serving alcohol and smiling at passengers as part of a "work-to-rule" action over a salary dispute that could have thrown hundreds of flight schedules into chaos.

But the 6,000-strong Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union said it had decided to call it off after reaching a deal with the flag carrier following a two-day negotiation mediated by the city's labour department.

"It is a favourable agreement for the cabin crews," union general secretary Tsang Kwok Fung told AFP.