The union representing Cathay Pacific employees says it is dismayed by the airline’s decision to close its Toronto cabin crew base.
It says the move will force more than 120 flight attendants to lose their jobs.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees says the announcement comes as the Hong Kong-based airline opens its latest round of bargaining with Local 4088.
The union says Cathay Pacific last month announced its intent to contract out all customer service agents at the Vancouver airport as of July 3rd, affecting another 46 union members.
It says the airline could have worked with CUPE to address its financial concerns without having to close the Toronto base.
Cathay Pacific says the base closure is part of the airline’s ongoing business review, and insists it is “committed to the Canadian market” and that “passengers flying between Hong Kong and Toronto will always enjoy the signature Cathay Pacific service.”
Spokeswoman Julie Jarratt says there are no plans to close other bases and the airline is exploring options, including opportunities for workers in other bases. (The Canadian Press)