Cathay Pacific increases crackdown on employees

Published on : Friday, August 30, 2019

Cathay Pacific has warned staff they risk being sacked if they join a planned Hong Kong strike, as the airline intensifies its crackdown on employee support for the rolling protests.


The airline is known to have 27,000 staff in the city and has been bowing to the political pressure from China. Its aviation regulator has banned airline staff supporting demonstrations from working on flights through its airspace.



Tom Owen, Cathay director said that participating in a strike planned for Monday and Tuesday could constitute a breach of contract.



They expect all of our employees to report for work as normal and over this period and will be monitoring attendance levels closely.Any breach of policy or regulatory requirements will be investigated and may lead to termination of contract.



Earlier this month the memo has capped a sharp U-turn by the airline which publicly support the right to free expression for its workforce.


So far four staff are already fired by Catahy for supporting the protests.



A union organiser and cabin crew for its regional airline Cathay Dragon was dropped from a Chinese flight rota and dismissed a day without explanation.



The employees are frantically deleting social media post and are gutting their friends lists out of fear in disciplinary action if they have any links with the protests.



A revised code of conduct was also issues to employees to reiterate its zero tolerance approach to staff participating in illegal protests.



On Monday and Tuesday have called for general strike, three months into escalating pro-democracy protests that have rocked the city and damaged the reputation of Hong Kong .

There was a transport chaos to the city in early August and was supported by the Cathay’s flight attendants union whose member joined the walk out.

Due to the action more than 160 flights got cancelled.

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