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Cabin crew seek increase in retirement age

by on October 29, 2013

Yesterday judges, today flight attendants.

This item in the website of Hong Kong’s Standard newspaper reports a call by the Hong Kong Flight Attendants Alliance for their retirement age to be raised to 65. Apparently many airlines currently require cabin crew to retire between the ages of 45 and 55.

There’s no law (yet) in Hong Kong banning age discrimination and less than 38% of Hong Kong people aged 60 to 64 worked in the last year compared to 70% of their Japanese counterparts. One legislator attributes this to a local labour market that doesn’t like hiring people over 50.

One of the issues however is that – at least for cabin crew – it’s a more global labour market with different airlines adopting a range of retirement ages. So flight attendants in British Airways employed in Hong Kong can apparently now retire at 65, following a deal last year after a five-year appeal through the Employment Tribunal.

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