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United Airlines` flight attendants in Hong Kong picket against work conditions.

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Flight attendants for United Airlines based in Hong Kong have picketed at Chek Lap Kok airport recently in protest against poor working conditions and sleeping arrangements.

Hong Kong-based crew complain that they are often forced to work 16-hour shifts that turn into 24-hours and that they have been accommodated in hotels in red-light districts or in homeless shelters. They have also claimed that during fuel stops, operations staff lock them in the aircraft, when really they should be allowed off to take leave.

The general manager of United Airlines Hong Kong has released a statement indicating that the airline`s representatives from Chicago, USA would meet flight attendants` representatives next week to discuss their concerns according to Hong Kong Imail.

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