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Cathay Pacific warns staff supporting protests

HONG KONG: Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific warned its staff on Monday that they could be fired if they “support or participate in illegal protests”.

The warning follows new regulations imposed by China’s aviation regulator requiring Cathay Pacific to submit manifests of staff on flights to the mainland or through its airspace.

Beijing told the airline that staff involved in the protests would be banned from flights to the mainland. The airline has already said it will comply with those regulations.

But in a Monday message to staff, chief executive Rupert Hogg reiterated that Cathay Pacific employees would also face “disciplinary consequences” if they get involved in the pro-democracy protests.

“Cathay Pacific Group has a zero tolerance approach to illegal activities. Specifically, in the current context, there will be disciplinary consequences for employees who support or participate in illegal protests,” Hogg wrote. “These consequences could be serious and may include termination of employment.”


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