On Friday evening 27 July 2001, Cathay Pacific Airways received notice that an urgent application for an injunction had been issued by First Officer Murray Gardner against the Company. The purpose of the injunction sought by First Officer Gardner was to prevent the Company from implementing Rostering Practices 2001.
A Court hearing was held on Saturday morning in order to consider whether an interim injunction should be awarded. During such hearing Counsel for First Officer Gardner stated that he had been instructed by the AOA on behalf of all members and that the case was intended to be a test case.
Following a two hour hearing the application for an interim injunction was dismissed.
Cathay Pacific confirms that the revised Roster Practices will be implemented on 1 August, and the two options for overtime payment, including the option to stay on the current scheme, will remain unchanged.
Many crew have told us that they are being put under extreme pressure to sign the AOA lawyer`s letter,” said Tony Tyler, Cathay Pacific`s Director Corporate Development. “For the last few days we have been encouraging anyone who feels under pressure to return the letter to the AOA. We will continue to do so, as these lawyer`s letters will have no impact on the introduction of the revised overtime scheme or Roster Practices.”