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Cathay Pacific layoffs. Latest|Cathay Pacific cuts 8,500 positions, Dragonair ceases operations today, management meets media

2020-10-21T05:07:14.645Z

The new crown pneumonia epidemic is raging around the world. With the implementation of "customs closure" prevention and control measures in many countries, the tourism industry has almost ceased, and airlines have also fallen into an unprecedented "ice age". Cathay Pacific and Dragonair previously abandoned applications for the second round of employment protection programs It is accused of paving the way for layoffs, and there has been news of substantial layoffs recently. Cathay Pacific finally issued a notice this morning, announcing a restructuring plan and cutting 8,500 positions. Among the 8,500 positions, about 5,300 employees in Hong Kong will be laid off in the next few weeks.



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Written by: Yuen Shu, Kong Fanxu, Mai Kaiyin, Huang Weilun, Chen Jiayi, Huang Yongyu, Chen Shuxia

2020-10-21 07:51

Last update date: 2020-10-21 12:58

The new crown pneumonia epidemic is raging around the world. With the implementation of "customs closure" prevention and control measures in many countries, the tourism industry has almost ceased, and airlines have also fallen into an unprecedented "ice age". Cathay Pacific and Dragonair previously abandoned applications for the second round of employment protection programs It is accused of paving the way for layoffs, and there has been news of substantial layoffs recently.

Cathay Pacific finally issued a notice this morning, announcing a restructuring plan and cutting 8,500 positions.

Among the 8,500 positions, about 5,300 employees in Hong Kong will be laid off in the next few weeks.

[12:15] Cathay Pacific Air Services Staff Association Chairman Wang Simin saw the media. She said that the company’s management had just explained the compensation plan to the union, including that it would not hedge the MPF, and that there would be an additional month’s salary compensation. As for the previous participation without pay Colleagues of the fake plan can get a refund of the deducted money, but she thinks the plan is not "very lucrative."

She pointed out that the union was disappointed with the layoff plan because the employer only provided compensation for one month's salary, which was lower than the months they expected.

She also pointed out that the company will notify the retrenched employees today, and believe that it will take effect today, "All classes have it, not just the low-level and middle-level areas that are hardest hit." As for whether industrial actions will be launched, she said it depends on the wishes of the employees, but Morale is low and the atmosphere is sad.

She revealed that she will continue to meet with the management in the afternoon to discuss the new contract.

[11:59] The employees of Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon received another email this morning to explain related arrangements for layoffs.

The content of the email mentioned that the employees affected by the layoffs will be notified by the Human Resources Department from tomorrow to the next few weeks, and will need to attend the meeting. The relevant compensation plan will be explained.

[11:30] Tan Wenhao, a member of the Legislative Council who served as a pilot at Cathay Pacific Airways, said that Cathay Pacific received 27 billion yuan injection from the government only two months earlier. However, the government was unable to successfully get Cathay Pacific to work. It was worried that the incident might cause a domino effect and make other companies follow Cathay Pacific to lay off employees.

He hopes that Cathay Pacific will give priority to hiring retrenched employees when the aviation industry recovers, and now it should also assist the retrenched pilots to maintain their licenses.

The government should no longer use private companies as an excuse after injecting capital, because there are two people arranged by the government on the board of directors, and they should do their best to save their airlines.

He also believes that most of Dragonair’s training is in Hong Kong, so the government or Cathay Pacific should assist them in transferring to other companies, or arrange to stay on without pay to avoid brain drain.

[09:39] Senior human resources consultant Zhou Qiping said that in the current downturn in the aviation industry, employees in the industry can only change careers, and there is not much advantage. "The flight attendants are no different from ordinary waiters and customer services."

Both Su Weizhong, general manager of Hezhong Personnel Consulting Co., Ltd., and Zhang Huimin, corporate management consultant, believe that the aviation industry is declining under the epidemic, and if employees are laid off by Cathay Pacific, it will be more difficult to transfer to other airlines.

However, Zhang Huimin believes that Cathay Pacific's large-scale layoffs may be an opportunity for employees to reconsider their career plans and work in industries that interest them.

Extended reading: Senior HR expects laid-off employees to be difficult to work "Air service landing is no different from ordinary waiters"

[09:10] Cathay Pacific announced today (21st) morning a restructuring plan to cut 8,500 positions.

Among the 8,500 positions, about 5,300 employees in Hong Kong will be laid off in the next few weeks. Cathay Pacific’s Chief Executive Officer Deng Jianrong sent a letter to employees stating that all feasible measures have been taken to protect the livelihoods of as many employees as possible. He still consumes HK$1.5 billion to HK$2 billion in cash every month. He described the decision in his letter as distressing, thanking "our outstanding employees, and we are facing difficulties together", and he also said that every employee who is about to leave must feel very much at this moment. I apologize for anxiety and distress.

Extended reading: CEO Deng Jianrong: I am very sorry to decide to understand the anxiety and distress of the leaving colleague

Cathay Pacific CEO Deng Jianrong sent a letter to employees on October 21, apologizing for the layoffs.

(Photo by Gong Jiasheng)

[08:28] Cathay Pacific announced its restructuring plan. The first of these is to announce that Dragonair will cease operations from now on. "Hong Kong 01" recalls the history of Dragonair's transformation from Cathay Pacific's competitor to its subordinate.

Cathay Pacific’s local competitor in the last century was Dragonair. In 1985, the "Hong Kong Macau International Investment Co., Ltd." composed of businessmen Cao Guangbiao, Bao Yugang, Fok Yingdong and Chinese-funded institutions China Resources and China Merchants was established. However, due to continuous losses, In 1989, Cathay Pacific deployed Dragonair to take over Dragonair as its second largest shareholder the following year.

Extended reading: Farewell to Hong Kong Dragon, Cathay Pacific, finally withdrawing the brand after 14 years of whale

[08:14] Cathay Pacific Airways, which has been rumored to be layoffs and reorganization, today (21st) announced its final plan to lay off 8,500 employees.

You are the leader of the local aviation industry. Cathay Pacific has been rooted in Hong Kong for more than 70 years. There have been countless years of prosperity. It has also been named the best airline in the world. Unfortunately, its performance has declined in recent years and the failure of oil futures investment has caused losses. 30 years of "blue chip" status.

Under the epidemic, the global aviation industry is in recession, and the temporary recovery is indefinite. Cathay Pacific, which has experienced many industrial storms, Asian financial turmoil, and SARS, also requires government capital injection for unprecedented proportions.

"Hong Kong 01" looks back on Cathay Pacific's past 70 years of history.

Extended reading: A review of Cathay Pacific’s history once lost its blue chip status

[08:06] Cathay Pacific said that the most optimistic estimate is that the passenger capacity in 2021 will be much lower than 50% in 2019; it also said that it is assumed that the vaccine currently developed is proven effective and can be successfully launched globally next summer , The company believes that the capacity will gradually pick up until the second half of next year.

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[07:54] In the announcement, Cathay Pacific’s management put forward three major elements of the restructuring plan, including:

1. Dragonair ceased operations today;



2. Cut 8,500 positions, accounting for 24% of all positions, involving 5,300 Hong Kong-based employees; another 600 non-Hong Kong-based employees may be affected; recruitment freezes, 2600 positions remain vacant .

3. The cabin attendants and pilots stationed in Hong Kong will be required to agree to change their service conditions, so as to achieve the goals including bringing salary closer to productivity and enhancing market competitiveness.

The cost of the restructuring is approximately 2.2 billion yuan, and it is expected that the restructuring will reduce Cathay Pacific’s monthly cash expenditure by approximately 500 million yuan next year.

[07:52] Cathay Pacific Airways issued a notice this morning, announcing its restructuring plan and cutting 8,500 positions.

Among the 8,500 positions, about 5,300 employees stationed in Hong Kong will be laid off in the next few weeks, and about 600 non-Hong Kong employees may be affected, subject to the regulatory requirements of the relevant regions.

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