Cathay Pacific flight attendants stand stage a protest at the international airport in Hong Kong on Dec. 3, 2012.(Photo: Philippe Lopez, AFP/Getty Images)
HONG KONG -- Flight attendants at Cathay Pacific Airways will be
smiling after all over the Christmas holidays after settling a labor
dispute on Thursday with the Hong Kong airline.
means passengers flying over the busy holiday season on Cathay, known
for its top-notch service, won't have to suffer from threatened
industrial action that included withholding food, alcohol and even
smiles from passengers.
crew had voted at a union meeting last week in favor of the action if
the airline didn't meet their demands, which centered on pay and working
The union had also threatened to work to rule, which
could have delayed flights. Working to rule involves doing no more than
the minimum work required in contracts and precisely following safety
The union wanted a 5 percent pay raise but the
airline, which lost $120 million in the first half of 2012 mainly
because of higher fuel costs, didn't budge on its 2 percent offer.
the union's nearly 6,000 members were "very happy" with other
proposals, which included higher allowances and better working
arrangements such as longer rest time on certain flight patterns, said
Julian Yau, vice chairman of the Cathay Pacific Airways Flight