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Cathay Dragon flight attendants fight against ‘skirts-only’ rule

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Wearing skirts might no longer be a signature to female flight attendants.

Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Flight Attendants Association (FAA) has started negotiations with and submitted a proposal to the airline, requesting salary increase of 4% and to allow female flight attendants to choose wear pants or skirts while on duty, according to Apple Daily.

The union said female cabin crew should have the option to choose wearing skirts or pants to work, especially under extreme cold weather.

Rebecca Sy, chairperson of FAA, told Apple Daily that many female employees complained it was unendurable to wear skirts to work during cold days, and the company already allowed male cabin crew to wear short-sleeve shirts instead of full suit when on duty during summer since last year. She added that some Asian airlines have also ended their skirts-only dress code for female cabin crew, including Korean Air and Asiana Airlines.

Carol Ng, spokesperson of the Hong Kong Cabin Crew Federation (HKCCF), also said many European and American airlines have already allowed female flight attendants to wear pants to work. She hopes Hong Kong employers could keep up with the global trend.

Cathay Pacific, parent company of Cathay Dragon, said the company will continue to discuss with the union on different topics that both parties concerned.

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