Cathay Pacific threatens to fire staff who participate in protests

Cathay Pacific warned its staff on Monday that they could be fired if they participate in illegal protests.


Cathay Pacific on Monday warned its staff that those who “support or participate in illegal protests” in Hong Kong could be fired from their jobs, as pressure from Beijing intensifies.


In an email to staff, the airline’s chief executive Rupert Hogg said staff who participate in protests would face disciplinary action that “could be serious and may include termination of employment”.


According to reports, Cathay Pacific has already suspended a pilot who was detained for his participation in a protest and fired two workers for “misconduct.”


The warning comes as new regulations imposed by China require Cathay Pacific to now submit manifests of staff on flights to the mainland or through its airspace.


Hong Kong International Airport cancelled more than 100 flights yesterday, as anti-government protesters took over the main terminal.


The 2-month Hong Kong demonstrations originally targeted a bill that would allow China to extradite Hong Kong citizens to the mainland for trial.


However, protests have quickly grown into a call for autonomous democracy.


Chinese state-run media on Monday showed armoured personnel carriers and tanks assembling in the city of Shenzhen just across the border from Hong Kong.