Cathay Pacific Flight Attendants Vote To Strike

Posted on 11 December 2012
Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 Flying Past Checkerboard Approaching Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 Flying Past Checkerboard Approaching Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong Cathay Pacific Stock Photo Courtesy of AeronauticPictures.com

Well, that was the headline, more or less, on the BBC website. However, they used the term “industrial action.” Actually, a careful reading of the Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union press release indicates that the Union members overwhelmingly voted to give their executive committee the “…full power to initiate the appropriate Industrial Action at the appropriate time…”

And that could include a strike, or, two more limited actions which could slow flights, restrict cabin service to passengers, and generally make life unpleasant for Cathay Pacific’s management and customers.

In this difficult economic period, hopefully wise and cool heads will prevail so innocent passengers are not forced to endure the dispute and harmful financial damage to the airline is avoided – that consequence ultimately harms all airline staff as well as the management and shareholders.

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