Cathay Pacific Welcomes Court Decision

Cathay Pacific Airways welcomed today`s Labour Tribunal decision which affirmed the company’s action in terminating the employment of one of its cabin crew. The tribunal found that the action was “justifiable and reasonable”.

The employee in question, Inflight Service Manager Annie Camaclang, had her employment terminated in April 2000 in accordance with the provisions in her Conditions of Services and the Hong Kong Employment Ordinance. Ms Camaclang undertook legal action against the company claiming that she was terminated due to her involvement with the Flight Attendants` Union.

The Presiding Officer found that the evidence given by Cathay Pacific`s representatives was trustworthy. No evidence of anti-union activities was found.

Cathay Pacific`s Director Corporate Development Tony Tyler said: “Cathay Pacific is an equal opportunity employer. We value the services of all our employees who act in the best interest of the company. We evaluate all staff based on their performance and their own merits and not on any affiliation they may have with a trade union or any other organisation. It is regrettable that the anti-union accusation was made against the company in this case. We are very pleased that the Tribunal ruling has vindicated the company.”

Mr Tyler added: “Safety is always Cathay Pacific’s priority. We do not allow the conduct of any of our employees to compromise the safety and security of our aircraft, our passengers or our crew members.”

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