The union has never in the history of it's operation, organised for pilots to be sick. It has never ever told pilots to take a mass sick-out, even at the moment.
There are always going to be companies out there that offer better than what you have. It's not too logical to constantly move around as you have to always start at the bottom of the pile. I love Hong Kong, and I plan to stay forever, even if things at Cathay aren't that great. I like Cathay. I grew up watching Cathay grow and always wanted to join. However, throughout the years I have seen Cathay conditions slowly deteriorate to this current all-time low, and it is very sad. I don't want to be forced to leave. I like it here, but that does not mean that I like the current management and the way they work. Most of us at Cathay are hanging in to see how this all turns out. If it turns out well, then hopefully Cathay will still be one of the best places to work. If management end up with the way they want things, we are going to see a mass exodus, because if things don't work out this time, they never will, and I will seriously reconsider my options.
Most pilots want to join an airline and have a good productive career with them. We are not people that switch jobs and change around because we get bored and want to move. (In general we aren't). I want a 30+ year career at Cathay and I don't want to leave, even if I can. If things don't work out and conditions get much worse, once I have enough experience for a decent job elsewhere, I'd consider leaving, although I have friends here, family here, girlfriend here and it would be very hard. Many guys feel this way and that's why we are willing to stick it out and really hope things improve.
I don't see where I was illogical. It's a bit like a marriage. I want a marriage with someone that lasts forever. People can always divorce and go with the pretty girl that happens to be on the scene at the moment, but how about your joint house? Kids? Friends etc? It would be great to be with a different girl every week, but that's not the way things work. You pick one and invest yourself into a relationship and hope for the best. If you hit a rocky patch, you try your hardest to fix things, you don't just pack up and leave. Not just like that. Things at Cathay are the same. We are all just hoping that things can be patched up, otherwise there will be a lot of divorces.