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Hong Kong: Unions say at least 26 Cathay staff were fired in protest-linked terminations
Author: Hong Kong Free Press, Published on: 1 October 2019
"Sacked Hong Kong Cathay staff decry ‘Cultural Revolution’ purge", 1 Oct 2019
Former Cathay Pacific staff who say they were fired for supporting Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters accused bosses… of carrying out a “Cultural revolution” style political purge.
The Hong Kong-based airline has had a torrid few weeks after Chinese state media and authorities blasted the company because some of its 27,000 employees had taken part in — or were sympathetic to — anti-government protesters.
China’s aviation regulator barred staff supporting protests from working on flights to the mainland or traveling through its airspace, setting off chaos inside the company…
In recent weeks staff have described deleting their social media accounts, fearful that colleagues might inform on them while Cathay announced it had sacked multiple staff linked to the protests.
… a group of former employees held a press conference alongside officials from the Hong Kong Cabin Crew Confederation and flight attendant unions. They said at least 26 people had been fired from Cathay in protest-linked terminations.
Hiding their identities behind sunglasses and face masks they described summary firings, often after being shown screengrabs of their Facebook and other social media posts.
“It’s regrettable to see Cathay Pacific encouraging staff to report and criticise (others) internally,” one woman, who gave her first name as Jackie, told reporters. “The situation is just like in the Cultural Revolution.” “Some crew were shown posts and updates on their private social media accounts and required to provide an explanation with evidence. Others were handed termination letters without any accusations,” she added…
In a statement, Cathay said it had to abide by all regulations placed on it in any jurisdictions where it operates, “including those prescribed by the authorities in mainland China”...
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