Hong Kong medical workers kick off a strike; flight attendants are planning to follow suit

When the government was reluctant to seal the HK-China border to curb the Wuhan pneumonia from spreading into Hong Kong, the medical staff went on strike on February 2 after their latest demand for a rational dialogue was bluntly refused by Carrie Lam administration.

Employees of the aviation industry are often exposed and vulnerable to the risk of Coronavirus. Hence, labour unions are initiating possible actions to protect their members by organizing a strike. The Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Flight Attendants Association called for an emergency meeting on February 8 to solicit members’ support for a strike.

Some staff members of Cathay Pacific have called in sick from February 2 to February 8, said the Association Chief Executive, Sienna Miller in a radio interview this morning.

Miller criticized the management of Cathay Pacific for delaying their decision to stop flights to and from China, which was described as an open flood gate for mainlanders to leave China, disregarding health of flight attendants.

It was reported that at least 6 crew members of Cathay Pacific and Dragonair were considered to have had close contacts with potential Wuhan pneumonia victims, and they were ordered to be sent to an isolation camp by the Department of Health.

Source: Apple Daily

Contributor: GM02

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