Sep 14

Cathay Pacific Collective Agreement

The suddenness of Cathay`s dismissals and the brief announcement to surviving employees of the adoption of new contracts led academics and trade unionists to propose that Hong Kong pass a collective bargaining law law law and strengthen labour law mechanisms. A collective bargaining law would require employers to recognize unions as bargaining units for workers and to determine that both parties could discuss the terms of dismissal and rehiring. The union accused the airline of not respecting its collective bargaining power and said Cathay set a bad precedent for all businesses in the city. After the four-hour meeting, the union said its members had pledged their full support for possible class actions. In a response to The Post Office, the Ministry of Labour claimed that “voluntary collective bargaining” had worked well. Asked about the rights of workers in the city, the Ministry of Labour said the government is “working to promote and promote voluntary collective bargaining.” In 1997, Hong Kong had a collective bargaining law in place for a few weeks to fill gaps in the employment regulations and better protect workers` rights. Associate Professor Chris Chan King-chi of the Department of Sociology at the University of China supported the introduction of a law on collective bargaining. He also said that the legal minimum wage of HK$37.50 per hour should be increased and overtime mandatory. This article from unions in the dark: Cathay`s sudden downsizing resolves demands for collective bargaining laws for the protection of workers in Hong Kong first appeared in the South China Morning Post Danny Lau Tat-pong, honorary chairman of the Hong Kong Small and Medium Enterprises Association, which represents employers, among others in the retail, finance, information technology and trade sectors, said he opposed a collective bargaining law because it would harm the way the free market in the city.

“Many places already have tariff laws, including Taiwan, Japan, mainland China and Singapore. Hong Kong is an exception in that it is a developed city that has thought capitalism tactics, but does not have a collective bargaining law,” he said.