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Cathay Offers To Rehire The 49ers

Tue Jan 25, 2005 5:09 pm

Cathay Pacific is offering payouts of about HKD $1 million or re-employment opportunities for pilots sacked during the 2001 industrial dispute, if they agree to drop legal action against the airline.

If the offer is accepted, those sacked pilots. aslo referred to as the "49-ers" can either take a 10-month payout or an interview for a job as freighter pilots, positions junior to those they previously held.

However all re-hired pilots be subjected to psychological testing, to make sure that they do not hold a lasting grudge against the airline.

The 1,000-member Aircrew Officers Association, which has supported the dimissed pilots financially and funded their lawsuits, is due to decide at an extraordinary general meeting on February 15 whether to approve Cathay's offer.

One of the pilots, Canada-based Steve Urquhart, 36, said he wanted to accept the offer and return to Hong Kong. "We could be bitter for the rest of our lives but I would rather put it behind me and go back to work," he said. "Hopefully in five years it will all be ancient history."

Cathay's director of flight operations Nick Rhodes said Cathay's offer was a "full and final" one and if it was rejected the matter would be sorted out in the courts.

"There comes a time in any dispute when you have to move forward," he said. "We are very pleased the association is now run by a business-minded committee."

http://www.scmp.com/topnews/ZZZ7ZIAHJ3E.html

[Edited 2005-01-25 09:14:47]
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RE: Cathay Offers To Rehire The 49ers

Tue Jan 25, 2005 5:44 pm

Why would Cathay make any offer at all if they were confident of winning their case in court?
 
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RE: Cathay Offers To Rehire The 49ers

Tue Jan 25, 2005 6:19 pm

"There comes a time in any dispute when you have to move forward," he said. "We are very pleased the association is now run by a business-minded committee."

Who does he mean by that? IFALPA has lifted it`s recruitment ban on CX at the request of HKAOA long ago...
Btw, the sacking of the 49ers was not solely "business-minded". It was an unnecessary move to show power and lack of corporate responsibility. And we all know it has led to at least one death.

Why any of them (who is not unemployed at the moment) would accept the offer is beyond me (but then again I acknowledge I am much too far away too judge on that very subjective issue).

I don`t want to subscribe to the paper the link leads to, so if anyone could post a brief abstract?
A few more questions:Are CX really confident of winning their case in court? If so, why and under which (country`s) law will (would) the case take place?

[Edited 2005-01-25 10:20:54]
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RE: Cathay Offers To Rehire The 49ers

Tue Jan 25, 2005 6:28 pm

Well.. the original post is actually the key points from the article..
 
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RE: Cathay Offers To Rehire The 49ers

Tue Jan 25, 2005 10:19 pm

However all re-hired pilots be subjected to psychological testing
How do they prove that theirs no Grudge  Smile
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RE: Cathay Offers To Rehire The 49ers

Wed Jan 26, 2005 1:05 am

I have that article right in front of me...  Smile

it said that the "priority of both parties now is to further improve the relationship and help the airline grow" i don't understand how paying out these pilots or re-hiring them ot a lower positino will help the airline grow?

CX just decided to hire 1,500 new staff members this year becuase of their huge success in the 2004 year.

Also, it is stated on SCMP that 1/3 of the pilots in the 49ers group will DEFINITELY accept the offer and another thrid will only consider whether or not to accept it. Many pilots have concerns about this deal that it is too fast to settle this case.

Supposeldy, this case has brought lots of problems:
"I have seen friends of mine whose marriages have broken up. I have seen people's careers destroyed" John Warham Former Pilot and 49er Union Negotiator

lets just hope that all thees CX pilots will get back their jobs without messing up their lives and pave a road for future pilots as well  Smile
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RE: Cathay Offers To Rehire The 49ers

Wed Jan 26, 2005 2:07 am

Why would Cathay make any offer at all if they were confident of winning their case in court?

me too  Confused
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RE: Cathay Offers To Rehire The 49ers

Wed Jan 26, 2005 3:51 am


How many pilots were involved, (49?).

Of those, how many have new jobs, have retired etc.

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