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Local pilots vote to go on strike; await CAL's response

Local pilots vote to go on strike; await CAL's response

Taipei, April 24 (CNA) The vast majority of the members of an independent airline pilots union in Taiwan has voted to go on strike, threatening to disrupt the operations of China Airlines (CAL), Taiwan's biggest airline, beginning next month. Of the 670 members of the Taoyuan Union of Pilots, 596 voted to call a strike and two others cast invalid ballots during the voting period from April 9 to 25, said the union, which is not affiliated with CAL but whose members are mostly CAL pilots.
The result marks the first time in Taiwan's history that local airline employees acted on their legal right to strike.
The independent pilots union said Monday it will decide whether or not to go on strike after it holds a last-ditch meeting with CAL management on May 11 to see if a dispute over working conditions can be resolved. The government-invested airline said Monday that it will participate in the talks with "the greatest sincerity" and pledged to present concrete resolutions to the dispute. The union said that since it was founded in May 2014 it had asked the carrier to improve its working environment and management practices several times but had not received any show of good will from the airline. CAL repeatedly declined to answer its demands because it was not the company's official union, according to the Taoyuan Union of Pilots. In March, the union appealed to Taoyuan's Department of Labor to mediate the labor-management dispute involving CAL and its pilots, but the mediation effort eventually failed due to the airline's lack of good will, the union said. Because of that failure, the union organized the vote to go on strike based on the Act for Settlement of Labor-Management Disputes, it said. (By Chen Wei-ting and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-23 09:06 GMT+08:00