Strikes averted as Cathay reaches deal with cabin crew

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Cathay Pacific has reached an agreement with the union representing its flight attendants, which will stop them from instituting industrial action during the holiday travel period.

The Hong Kong-based carrier says it has resolved the outstanding issues with the Flight Attendants Union in talks sponsored by Hong Kong's labour department, including a commitment that crew based outside of Hong Kong will not reach more than 15% of its total pool of flight attendants, and that at least 50% of flights will be operated by Hong Kong-based crew.

With the agreement in place, the union has withdrawn its plans to take industrial action, including work-to-rule measures and a possible strike early in the new year.

"This is a good agreement for the company," says Cathay's chief executive John Slosar. "It allows us to expand our business here at home, bringing even more services to the people of Hong Kong. Specifically, we maintain the flexibility we need to offer what our customers want us to provide."