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Cathay wants to spice up employees morale, union says, after “blanket-carpet” furore By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Cathay Pacific staff work at Hong Kong Worldwide Airport, in Hong Kong, China March 8, 2023. REUTERS/Lam Yik/File Photograph

By Farah Grasp

HONG KONG (Reuters) -Cathay Pacific wants to deal with employees and useful resource shortages and lift pay to spice up morale, its flight attendant union stated, after three employees have been fired for allegedly mocking passengers who couldn’t communicate English.

A passenger on the CX987 flight from the southwestern Chinese language metropolis of Chengdu to Hong Kong on Sunday wrote in a web-based put up that flight attendants had made enjoyable of passengers for asking for a carpet as an alternative of a blanket in English.

The incident, which went viral on mainland Chinese language social media platforms, prompted a torrent of criticism by Chinese language state media and Hong Kong authorities officers together with chief John Lee.

“Nothing comes from nothing. The Union urges the corporate to deal with the issue at its root trigger, rebuild an inexpensive and protected work atmosphere, and therefore to enhance worker morale,” the union stated in a press release late on Wednesday.

It stated it expressed deepest remorse concerning the “latest disagreeable incident” and that Cathay’s cabin crew members have all the time revered and handled all passengers from totally different international locations equally.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic the variety of passengers has elevated as flights resumed however frontline aviation staff are going through a scarcity of each manpower and assets, a major improve in workload and low salaries, it stated.

“The corporate ignores these issues, because of this the morale of colleagues is extraordinarily low, and complaints concerning cabin service have arisen.”

Mandy Ng, Cathay’s director for service supply, stated the provider would proceed to take heed to and act upon suggestions from its crew instantly, including that the union didn’t signify the corporate.

“We need to make it clear that the corporate doesn’t condone, help or agree with the flight attendants union’s place on this matter.”

The provider has apologised a number of instances because the incident and CEO Ronald Lam stated Cathay takes a “zero tolerance” method to violations of firm’s guidelines and ethics.

The passenger on CX987 on Sunday wrote that flight attendants complained about passengers amongst themselves in English and Cantonese.

“In case you can not say blanket in English, you can not have it … Carpet is on the ground. Be happy if you wish to lie on it,” a flight attendant stated, based on a recording that was circulated extensively on-line. Reuters couldn’t confirm the authenticity of the clip, which triggered criticism on social media.

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