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Cathay Pacific again plans to induce employees to take unpaid leave. Union quotes employers: No plan to lay off employees for the time being

2021-04-21T15:50:23.812Z

Cathay Pacific announced a restructuring plan at the end of last year, which significantly reduced 5,300 employees in Hong Kong. Recently, the news of the "surgery" layoffs in June has been circulating among employees. A union representative said that he had a meeting with the management last week, citing the management



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Written by: Huang Yongyu

2021-04-21 16:53

Last update date: 2021-04-21 17:13

Cathay Pacific announced a restructuring plan at the end of last year, which significantly reduced 5,300 employees in Hong Kong. Recently, the news of the "surgery" layoffs in June has been circulating among employees.

A union representative said that he had a meeting with the management last week and quoted the management’s response that there are no plans to lay off workers.

In addition, Cathay Pacific recently launched a "paid leave plan" for employees working in the airport department. If employees are willing to take 9 months of unpaid leave, they can get 1 month's salary; if they take 12 months of unpaid leave, they can get paid. 2 months salary.

Cathay Pacific announced a restructuring plan on October 21 last year, cutting 8,500 jobs, Dragonair immediately suspended operations, and Hong Kong Express, which took the low-cost airline route, was retained.

Huang Yanhao, secretary of Cathay Pacific’s local staff union, said that news of layoffs continued to spread among employees. The union had a meeting with management last week. At that time, the management stated that there is no plan to lay off employees.

Huang said that Cathay Pacific issued an internal notice to employees working at the airport earlier this month, mentioning a program called "operational sabbatical leave (OSL)". If employees are willing to take 9 months of unpaid leave, they can get 1 month. Salary: If an employee takes 12 months of unpaid leave, he can get 2 months' salary.

It is understood that Cathay Pacific has introduced relevant plans to the crew earlier.

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Chu Hansong, director general of the Airport Air Transport Staff Association, pointed out that there has been news among employees recently that Cathay Pacific will lay off workers again in June, involving civilian staff and crew members. The union is currently verifying the news and hopes that Cathay Pacific will respond to related rumors as soon as possible. The morale among the employees has been low for a long time, and people are now in panic, "I hope he can make it clear and stabilize the morale of the army."

The Chu also reiterated that Cathay Pacific has received more than 27 billion government capital injections and does not want to consider layoffs as the first choice. It is hoped that the management will first communicate with employees and consider plans such as voluntary resignation for "fat chicken meals".

Li Yongfu, chairman of the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Industry Workers Union, also pointed out that relevant news has been reported since last month.

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Li Yongfu, chairman of the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Industry Workers Union, also pointed out that relevant news has been reported since last month, because the third round of unpaid leave plans will end at the end of June. The union met with the management in early April, and the management only reflects the current situation. The situation is unclear, but there has not been a positive response to the rumors, and the union is still verifying it.

He pointed out that colleagues can only "see steps" and take a wait-and-see attitude. He believes that if Cathay Pacific plans to lay off employees, it should discuss with the union as soon as possible, "colleagues can prepare in time."

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