Cathay Pacific pilots accept pay settlement

14 May 2015 by GrahamSmith

Cathay Pacific pilots have accepted a proposed wage increase, signalling an end to ongoing industrial action over pay.

In November, 93 per cent of Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association (HKAOA) members voted to push ahead with their first work-to-rule protest since 2001 (see news, November 11).

This resulted in pilots refusing to work outside of their contractual commitments, particularly during rostered days off, and saw some flights delayed and cancelled.

A spokesman for the airline told our sister publication Business Traveller Asia-Pacific today: "A tentative agreement on 2015 pay has been signed by the negotiating committees of the company and HKAOA."

He added that the tentative agreement “will now be taken forward for relevant ratification process".

Cathay declined to reveal specifics of the agreement, or to confirm a report in the South China Morning Post that the increase would include a 4.5 per cent pay rise this year and a 3.5 per cent rise next year. CX's original offer was for an increase of 3 per cent this year and next year.

Should an agreement be reached, the airline will need to turn its focus to cabin crew after its biggest union threatened industrial action last month over contractual disputes.

Clement Huang

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