Just read the above link. I don't know what it is like to be flightcrew at Cathay, but I don't think it right that members of IFALPA/Cathay Pacific issue what is in my eyes, a thinly veiled threat not to join Cathay, or else (the 'else' meaning being stigmatised by your fellow workers.)
I don't buy the 'replacement worker' bs either.
I appreciate Cathay's management might not be the best in the world, and that IFALPA/Cathay crew members may have a justifiable grudge to bear, but shouldn't there be a better way of resolving this conflict than threatening prospective pilots with language such as
'With the best will in the world and any number of rules written by the company, it is going to be difficult to operate effectively with someone who views you as a ‘replacement worker’. Would you be happy to operate in this sort of environment? Never mind the tension that might exist outside of the operation. Most trips involve social time together with other crew members, even if it is conversation in the cruise'.... ??
'The HKAOA will not provide support for replacement pilots in any circumstances whereby it would normally act on behalf of a member pilot. Such support is a major ingredient of a pilot’s airline career and includes assistance in case of accident or incident, discipline and grievance, legal representation in foreign countries, personal insurance, family support, salary negotiation and contract protection.'
I don't know the truth surrounding the sacking of all those pilots, but are these kinds of threats going to solve the problem?
Would be happy to read opinions on the issue...