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Lifestyle rosters

Old 4th Dec 2019, 23:59
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Lifestyle rosters

So lifestyle (commuting??) rosters. Less time off than I had prior to CMP as proffering was possible but have to give up housing and CEA. Hmmmm. I expect given this companies track record that if you don't sign up to this max days off will be 3 or 4 in a row so as to make commuting impossible.

Every other airline who have commuting rosters offer FIRM free tickets home, not CX, priority 8, so if the flight is full enjoy your days off hanging around HKIA. For the return to work better buy full fare so as not to gather missed duties. Why do they always want to screw their employees by trying to do things "smarter"?

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On top of losing housing/schooling, you get to pay for your own accommodation when in HKG, plus the commute is on your days off, and you lose half your leave, and no more joker Gday requests or even normal requests, and tickets are PRI8 which means you are not really guaranteed a seat plus you have to organise the commute yourself with all the attendant stress, but you still get to pay for the airport tax on it... looks like a poor man’s version of the KAL commuting contract. Why bother, especially on the 747 and Airbus.

They are trying to sell us something that the upcoming JCR does anyway, ie compact our rosters a little, but of course they want their cake and eat it too. Essentially they are trying to get us to pay for something that would be easily possible for them to offer anyway, should they choose to.
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Old 5th Dec 2019, 01:09
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Did we expect anything different? They know guys are chomping at the bit to get a "commutable" roster and I'm sure there will be takers.....
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Originally Posted by Frank W. Abagnale View Post
Mate, this is not about your ability to commute, it’s just another cost saving measure in typical Cathay style.

Before the introduction of CMP I used to commute on Ws at least once a month, quite often with more than the minimum 8 days off.
On the 747, a NAM pattern used to be a at least a week, which triggered 6 days off from table X and my mates tell me it used to be a one week on/one week off kind of deal on that fleet.

Then, under the promise to maximize days off, CMP was introduced and magically Ws disappeared and quite a few patterns on the 747 to NAM shrunk to 5 days, triggering only 5 days off from table X.

This obviously changed the dynamics for commuting.

The new commuting rosters will offer 10 days off or 2 x 5 days off, which will result in 12 days off (with 2 days of leave) or 2 x 6 days off (with an additional day of leave).
I would rather say that this proposal is not even as good as the situation used to be before CMP where I was able to commute at least once a month, most of the time very close to 10 days off or even longer.
On the 747 this proposal does not even exceed the minimum entitlement from table x after two 6 day patterns to NAM.

This commuting proposal barely brings back, what has been lost not so long ago. Of course at the price of giving up housing, CEA and losing precious days of leave - in other words, higher productivity for the buck.

In typical Cathay style they took away something and then hand it back at a price.

And once you sign up for it it’s at the sole discretion of the company in case you want to reverse your decision and go back on full expat benefits, wink, wink.







Agreed that this is hopelessly inadequate. All the costs borne by the pilots and not even half a month off.

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Old 5th Dec 2019, 04:16
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Did you honestly expect CX to miss an opportunity to take a few more dollars out of your pocket?
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Old 5th Dec 2019, 11:04
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Can I ask? What is a W pattern. In 35 years of flying I have never heard of this term.
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A-B-C-B-A, A-B-A-B-A etc.
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Old 5th Dec 2019, 20:05
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Originally Posted by SOPS View Post
Can I ask? What is a W pattern. In 35 years of flying I have never heard of this term.
Two long haul patterns in a row.

For example,
HKG-JFK-HKG, min rest, HKG-LAX-HKG.
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Old 6th Dec 2019, 00:27
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Goodbye staff travel. With a bunch of Pri8 we will never see J class again, especially in and out of Oz!!!
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Old 6th Dec 2019, 01:00
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If you want to take this deal, be my guest. But for me no thanks. But it wouldn't surprise me with some of the intelligent pilots we have, that there will be those falling over themselves to sign up. EOI...pffffttttt!
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Old 6th Dec 2019, 02:24
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As someone said on Yammer how about those whose “Lifestyle” is living in HK with their families? They want blocks of Gs from time to time too and should be in with as much of a shout as the commuters.
The RRO, (reduced roster option) or month on, month off, has proved popular in KA. All the company want is as many B scalers off housing as possible.
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Old 6th Dec 2019, 03:04
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Yes. Commuters can have an insatiable appetites for their own circumstances. Management exploit this. RRO at KA has now dropped to its fourth tier. It may hold their for awhile as a number of Managers are in excess to requirements .

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Old 6th Dec 2019, 04:56
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It's an EOI...
Express your (lack of) interest. The way to get blocks of days off is via a PBS (and keep your accommodation/education allowance).
Using leave, subload tickets, no housing... seriously..
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Old 6th Dec 2019, 14:20
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It used to baffle me how pilots (who at the time were well paid) often found themselves in financial difficulty. Trained professionals, well educated, who should know better. While I might be able to understand the ex-wife factor, most of the cases were well beyond this.

Kinda like that credit card with 21% interest well beyond. Who would DO something at an equivalent level of dumbness ?

Well, it doesn't baffle me anymore.

The company pays for 900 hours a year. It's an hours driven process. If you were to have a month on-month off roster (free and clear of other stuff) what remains would have to reflect 450 hours with a normal distribution of leave (i.e. instead of 42 days 21 days), G's, etc. with pay commensurate to half the work. And housing commensurate to their time staying in Hong Kong. And have some concrete assurances of length of time of contract and stability of conditions.

So I think it's likely to become another form of scam. Then again so is POS18 but apparently there are those who don't mind cutting their own wrists.

Pity in that there is potential for win-win but things here never seem to play out that way.

You'd think after the 23'rd Nigerian Prince trying to move money email that folks would catch on.
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CX have thrown a low ball offer to see if there are any foolish enough to accept these terms. Sadly (and after my 27 year career there) it is a near certainty that they will have more than enough takers. Unfortunately, end result will be the erosion of rosters and commuting ability for those that stay in HK on the current terms. As someone else mentioned, all those Priority 8's will be taking the seats to and from the main ports, and hoovering up the blocks of days off. Needless to say, this will further divide the pilot group. A sober assessment of the terms quickly shows that the offer is appallingly lacking in substance (even Korean gives positive space to and from the commuters home port). It fascinates me how CX has such low regard for their pilots that they introduce policies that no sane airline would dare. Sadly, the pilots seem to validate that assessment nearly every time. Good luck everyone, but this offer should be rejected wholesale. Instead, I suspect they have already had several volunteers.
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Old 18th Dec 2019, 08:57
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HKA played the same name games in their heyday.They steadfastly refused to introduce commuting rosters, so all the expats started to leave once they had the hours and a better offer. Few qualified pilots wanted to join on such roster terms. So they were ultimately forced to recognise they had no choice, and they introduced a limited availability 'lifestyle roster'. They refused to call it a commuting roster - I believe so they could avoid having to subsidise or provide tickets (as is industry standard in COMMUTING rosters). Probably same reason why CX is using that term.
They did of course reduce the pay on the Lifestyle Roster, and they also reduced the already sub standard Annual Leave. But - they did not pro-rata reduce the flying hours! They just worked the commuters harder and got the same productivity as the full timers (for less money. Double win for them).
Believe it or not many of the commuters still jumped at it, because flight pay was an element of salary, and those guys still wanted to fly their b**ls off 'to make up their hours' and compensate for the pay deduction. It resulted in the worst of both worlds for those who didn't want to kill themselves with work. Great deal for the company though....you had to wonder why they resisted the idea so long.
It was all about control really, that's all.

But that's all history now, because the pricks have more pilots than they need, and are begging them to take Leave and NPL etc.
How the tables have turned....
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Old 19th Dec 2019, 02:39
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So KA's leave scheme is gone by 2021. Seems an attempt to push homesick B Scalers out of the Four Seasons hotel and onto the diluted part time scheme.
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So KA's leave scheme is gone by 2021. Seems an attempt to push homesick B Scalers out of the Four Seasons hotel and onto the diluted part time scheme.

Whatt do you base this on Gnads ?
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Old 19th Dec 2019, 05:30
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Whatt do you base this on Gnads ?
Part time roster trial for senior captains only. Yea I would have to agree with gnads.
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