Cathay Pacific use uniform to sex up their staff, leaving them at risk of sexual harassment.
Cathay Pacific air hostesses feel exposed by their uniform, and would like the Hong Kong airline to redesign it. The cabin crew believe that the uniform increases their chances of being sexually harassed, and to make matters worse, a worrying study by the southern Chinese city’s Equal Opportunities Commission in February revealed that 27 per cent of Hong Kong attendants had been sexually harassed on flights in the past 12 months. Eighty-six per cent of the 392 participants who took the study were female.
Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union (FAU) declared; “they are worried about the uniform being too short when they work, it may be a “cause” of sexual harassment.” FAU vice chairman Julian Yau, has continued by adding that the uniform has received a number of complaints from staff, since it was introduced in 2011.
The uniform, which is said to expose their midriff when they bend down, has made way for the following types of harassment; “patting, touching, kissing, pinching,staring in a sexual way, sexual jokes and requests for sexual favours” reveals the survey.
Cathay Pacific have spoken out, declaring; “we do not tolerate any form of harassment and take the issue of sexual harassment seriously. Crew are welcome to exchange their uniform any time if they feel the fit is not right. ” However, this line of argument appears to be hiding away from the real worry of its many staff members, who are desperate to have their blouse lengthened and the skirts more loose fitting. The uniform should make it’s crew feel comfortable, and not at risk, in doing so they will feel much more confident in their role.
AU spokeswoman Michelle Choi has said; “when you report it to the flight manager, they always say it is the crew member’s decision whether or not to call the police, they tell you, ‘It’s your decision. Do you want to delay the flight by calling the police?'” In terms of moving forward on this, Choi says “the union expects to raise the issue with management during a meeting next week.”