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Cathay Pacific welcomes union decision not to strike over the Christmas and New Year period

Cathay Pacific Airways today welcomed the announcement by the Flight Attendants Union (FAU) not to stage a strike during the peak travel period over Christmas and New Year.

Chief Executive John Slosar said, "This is good news for our passengers, for all Cathay Pacific staff and for the Hong Kong travelling public."

He added, "Working together as a team to make the airline successful is in everybody's interest, and I think we should never miss a chance to deliver the very best service to our passengers."

Mr. Slosar continued, "Aviation has been a difficult business in 2012, and we have tried very hard to explain the challenges we have faced to our staff. In total over the past 3 years even after the 2% awarded this year, most of our staff have received pay increases totalling almost 12%, plus an additional 13th month bonus in each of those 3 years, and I think this is a pretty good result given the performance of our business. The Cathay team do a fantastic job so we always try to look after them as best we can. The pay increases we have awarded in recent years show that, when times are good, we share the benefits with the Cathay team."

Cathay Pacific wrote to the FAU at the end of last week inviting them to continue discussions on lifestyle and operational matters, but as yet has not received any response.

General Manager Cabin Crew Liza Ng said, "We are still waiting to hear from them and hope we will soon."