TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- After talks between Pilots Union Taoyuan and China Airlines (CAL) broke down yesterday (Feb. 9), Taiwan's first airline pilot strike has entered its third day, resulting in 20 more flight cancellations today.
According the latest information from the CAL website, 20 flights scheduled for today and tomorrow have been canceled and one has been delayed due to the ongoing strike.
The key issue in the dispute was pilot fatigue, with the union demanding concessions, while management of Taiwan’s largest carrier said adding staff would increase expenses and affect its competitiveness.
Pilots protesting in front of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. (CNA photo)
After 9 p.m. yesterday, the talks, supervised by the Ministry of Transportation and the Taoyuan City Government, broke down without any consensus being reached on any demand by the strikers.
As a result, the strike has entered its third day today, the last day of the Lunar New Year vacation, while the negotiators even failed to set a time for the next round of talks.
The Pilots Union Taoyuan represents 900 of CAL's 1,300 pilots. Of these, over 400 have joined in the strike thus far.
The striking pilots have the following demands:
- Additional pilots to be present on longer flights in order to prevent fatigue
- Make training programs and promotion tracks for copilots more transparent
- Prohibit the penalizing of union members for union activities
- Dismiss managers who harm employer-employee relations
- Guarantee full year-end bonus packages for employees
The following are the CAL flights which have been canceled or delayed today:
CI011 JFK - TPE
CI031 YVR - TPE
CI752 SUB - SIN
CI053 TPE - BNE(02-11) - AKL
CI055/052 TPE - SYD v.v.
CI188/189 TPE - PUS v.v.
CI861/862 TPE - PNH v.v.
CI919/920 TPE - HKG v.v.
CI927/928 TPE - HKG v.v.
CI711/712 KHH - MNL v.v.
CI002/CI001 TPE - HNL v.v.
CI032 TPE - YVR
CI051 TPE - SYD
CI063 TPE - VIE
CI075 TPE - FCO
|CI935/936 KHH - HKG v.v.|
CI054 AKL - BNE - TPE
CI031 YVR - TPE
CI052 SYD - TPE
CI064 VIE - TPE
CI076 FCO - TPE
Information about flight cancellations can be found in English on the China Airlines website here.