28 August 2019
In response to media enquiries regarding the assembly and petition by the Confederation of Trade Unions today, Cathay Pacific Director Corporate Affairs James Tong said:
“As a global airline and a commercial organisation, Cathay Pacific is duty-bound to comply with all applicable regulatory requirements in the jurisdictions where it operates. Full compliance with all regulations is a pre-requisite for the airline’s continued operations, and we are obliged to adhere to them.
“Earlier this month, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued a directive with regards to new safety and security measures with which we are required to fully comply.
“We fully support the upholding of the Basic Law and all the rights and freedoms afforded by it. At the same time, we are also required to adhere to all of our regulatory duties, including those prescribed by the authorities in mainland China. The airline must do this; there is no ground for compromise.”
Regarding instances of employee departures, Cathay Pacific stresses that while it cannot comment on individual cases, it takes into account all relevant factors when determining whether or not to dismiss an employee, including necessary regulatory requirements as well as the employee’s ability to perform their role.
Any actions taken by the Group with regards to employees is always in strict accordance with the terms of their relevant employment contracts as well as all applicable laws and regulations. It does not in any way discriminate against union members or their activities.
“The past few months have been one of the most challenging periods not only for the Group but also for the entire Hong Kong community. We sincerely hope that all disputes can be resolved swiftly and amicably, and that society as a whole can get back on track as soon as possible,” said Mr Tong.