• Cathay staff reluctant to fly to mainland China

    From Aviation HQ@2:292/854 to All on Fri Aug 23 00:40:42 2019
    Many Cathay Pacific employees are afraid to work on flights to mainland China, the BBC reports based on confidential conversations. They fear being arrested for their support for the Hong Kong protests.

    Some cabin crew members and pilots who are scheduled on these flights do not, therefore, consider taking their actual telephone with them in case it is searched. They also change their social media from statements that can be viewed negatively by the Chinese regime and do not talk about politics during working hours.

    In addition to a possible arrest, the employees fear for their own job. Cathay Pacific recently succumbed to the heavy Chinese pressure and fired some pilots and ground workers for participating in "illegal" protests against China's growing influence in Hong Kong. Since then, according to the staff, a fear culture has prevailed within the company.

    Background

    Initially, Cathay Pacific did not want to take sides in the conflict between the protesters and the Chinese regime. According to the management, the political preference of employees was a private matter and participation in the protests in Hong Kong that have been going on for months now was not a reason for dismissal.

    China was furious about this and therefore prohibited the company from using demonstrators for flights to mainland China any longer (the part of the country that falls directly under the communist regime). The personnel lists for flights to or across China were also to be shared with the authorities from now on.

    If Cathay did not cooperate, the airline would be banned from flying. According to unconfirmed reports from Asian media, chief executive Rupert Hogg was not impressed and submitted a list to the Chinese authorities with only his own name on it. Shortly thereafter he was forced to resign.

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    * Origin: AVIATION ECHO HQ (2:292/854)