Cathay pilots begin work to rule

HONG KONG, Reuters

Unionized pilots at Cathay Pacific Airways began working to rule on Tuesday in a dispute over pay and job conditions that threatened to disrupt flights of Hong Kong’s largest airline at the start of the busy summer holiday season.

Cathay said there had been only a few routine flight delays by midafternoon and vowed not to return to the negotiating table unless pilots dropped their industrial action.

“We will consider returning to the negotiations when the HKAOA (Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association) lifts their industrial action,” Tony Tyler, corporate development director for Cathay, told a news conference.

“The cockpit is no place for trade union activity. We will be monitoring operations very closely to determine if individual crew cross the line from flight caution to union disruption,” he said.