Cathay Pacific on 'no smiles or booze' strike this holiday season over salary hike dispute with carrier

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 12, 2012 08:32 hrs

Passengers on Cathay Pacific, the Asian carrier known for its excellent in-flight service, may be in for a 'bit of bah humbug' the coming holiday season.

Flight attendants on the airline are considering providing services on a selective basis, which could include withholding smiles and meals.

The Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union is in a dispute with the carrier over a salary increase, ABC News reports.

The flight attendants are looking for a five percent raise. Cathay has last month announced that it would give a two percent pay raise to its employees in 2013, on top of a discretionary one-month bonus for 2012.

The union voted on Monday in favor of labor action. The form and date of the action is yet to be decided, the report said.

"We will be selective in providing our services," union general secretary Tsang Kwok-fung told an international news agency.

"This could include not smiling at passengers, not providing certain types of beverages - such as alcohol - or stop serving meals," he said.

"In a nutshell it means passengers will still be able to reach their destinations, except they are paying a five-star price to get a three-star service," Tsang said.

According to the report, Cathay Pacific could not immediately be reached for comment. (ANI)

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