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Cathay Pacific releases details of draft agreement put to Flight Attendants Union

25 Mar 2010


In response to media inquiries, Cathay Pacific has released details of the draft agreement presented to the Flight Attendants Union (FAU) at discussions on guidelines relating to arrangements for cabin crew to swap flights with colleagues.

The company was in discussion with the FAU over a two-day period but the talks have not yet reached any conclusion.

The draft agreement acknowledges the concerns raised by the crew community on the swapping guidelines and stresses that these guidelines have been cancelled with immediate effect. It also proposes that both parties will set up a Working Group to address swapping issues including looking into the growing misuse of the swapping facility by a minority.

In the draft agreement, Cathay Pacific fully recognises the FAU’s role in representing its membership in discussions and consultations with the company on matters of mutual interest, stating that meetings between the company and the union should take place on a monthly basis rather than bi-monthly as at present.
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March 24, 2010

DRAFT AGREEMENT BETWEEN CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS LTD AND FLIGHT ATTENDANTS UNION

Cathay Pacific ISD Management and the Flight Attendants Union (the “Parties”) met on March 23rd and 24th, 2010. The meetings were useful and constructive.

The Company fully recognises the Flight Attendants Union’s role in representing its membership in discussions and consultations with the Company on matters of mutual interest.

The Parties agree to engage in constructive dialogue, and to work together through a consultative process to enhance mutual trust.

The Parties agree that job security and welfare for the crew community are of great importance.

The Parties agree that cost and revenue factors will be taken into consideration in discussions about issues affecting the crew community.

ISD Management acknowledges the concerns raised by the crew community on the topic of “Swapping Below Minimum Guaranteed Monthly Threshold”. One of the major concerns was insufficient communication.

ISD Management will cancel the swapping guidelines announced on 15th March 2010, with immediate effect.

The Parties agree to set up a Working Group as soon as possible to address swapping issues with the intention of enhancing the working flexibility and lifestyle of Cabin Crew.

The Parties agree that ISD Management will look into the growing misuse of the swapping facility by a minority and will discuss with FAU any proposals to address such misuse.

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The Parties agree that ISD/FAU meetings will take place on a monthly basis.

The Parties acknowledge that they have a mutual interest to support open and fair dialogue. This can only be achieved through mutual respect and good faith.

Signed on behalf of Cathay Pacific Airways:

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Charlie Stewart-Cox

General Manager Inflight Services

Signed on behalf of FAU:

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Dora Lai

FAU Chairman