We reported last week that Cathay Pacific cabin crew were considering going on strike in August pending a salary negotiation…well it looks like after a lengthy negotiation, the Flight Attendant Union and airline have reached a last-minute agreement.
Sources inside Cathay Pacific revealed that the negotiation took a rough course. Key union personnel negotiated with the airline for hours at the company’s headquarter on Thursday and could not reach a deal by the end of the business day. Union representative left the table, but the support from over 100 flight attendants in the lobby encouraged further negotiation efforts.
The company agreed to the union’s terms during further hours of negotiation, but insisted that a meeting memoriam be signed immediately alongside a formal contract. The union refused to sign the contract in fear of its inclusion of additional terms not agreed upon, and insisted that the contract not be signed until Monday. The airline was initially adamant about finalization of the contract, but after the intervention of the Department of Labor, agreed to wait until Monday to finalize the official contract.
Among the new terms are improved allowances at destinations and the requirement that the airline inform the crew ahead of any accommodation (i.e. hotels while in outport) changes. The pay raise to US$22.81 per flying hour is now also applicable to all flight attendants that signed after 2012.