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Cathay pilots in work-to- rule over pay dispute
Union leaders announced the move - which will see pilots work only their contractual hours - as the latest round of negotiations with airline management over pay and working hours failed. The union represents more than 2,000 Cathay pilots and said that 92 percent of members had approved the action. "The pilot members, who are based in Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United States, will be instructed to perform their assigned duties in strict conformance with their existing conditions of service," HKAOA said in a statement late Wednesday. Beebe said the union "Looks forward to resuming talks with management for a fairer, more equitable agreement on pay". A lack of pilots has led to some having to work additional shifts, reports said. "The pilot shortage has always been serious. Some are called to work twice a month on their rostered days off," one pilot told the South China Morning Post Thursday. Germany's Lufthansa, Europe's biggest airline, was also braced for a pilots strike Thursday, with tensions heightened by its plans to expand into low-cost intercontinental services. Pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit Tuesday announced this week's second strike, which will hit long-haul and cargo flights.

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