Hong Kong (RAE - China) - Collective bargaining rights ignored

In May 2015 the Cathay Pacific airline reduced its employees’ hourly rate of pay and removed legal assistance protection, without consulting the unions. Legally the company is under no obligation to do so, as the law does not recognise the right to collective bargaining. As a result less than 1 per cent of employees in Hong Kong are protected by collective agreements and most employers simply ignore unions, do not consult them, and do not provide information when requested. The flight attendants’ union, which represents over 70 per cent of employees, threatened to strike. Management backed down.

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