TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- During a grueling "red eye" session of negotiations with striking pilots that lasted for 10 hours, there was a dramatic pause in talks when an executive from China Airlines (CAL) suddenly suffered a nosebleed and had to leave the venue.
At 1 a.m. this morning, leaders of the Pilots Union Taoyuan and CAL executives began their third round of negotiations to end a strike by the air carrier's pilots, which has entered its sixth day. In the midst of the 10-hour marathon session of talks, CAL legal department manager Shan Chia-ling (單嘉鈴) suddenly suffered a nosebleed and was experiencing stomach cramps, according to local media reports.
At 10:38 a.m this morning, Shan suddenly asked for assistance from a colleague to be gingerly escorted out of the meeting room and entered a small room nearby, reported Apple Daily. CAL President Hsieh Shih-chien (謝世謙) quickly left the meeting hall to check on Shan's condition.
Within one minute, Hsieh returned to the main meeting room and said that Shan had started work at 8 a.m. the previous day (Feb. 12), and during the long hours of negotiations through the night her "iron body finally collapsed." As for her symptoms, Hsieh only said that she was suffering from a stomachache.
Pilots Union Taoyuan Director Chen Pei-pei (陳蓓蓓) believed that because the management representative was experiencing discomfort, the meeting could be adjourned and resumed again later. Deputy Transportation Minister Wang Kwo-tsai (王國材) also agreed to suspend the talks, and resume them at around 5 p.m. this afternoon.
However, the two sides ultimately decided to start the next round of negotiations at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning (Feb. 14).
During the meeting, CAL President Hsieh Shih-chien (謝世謙) conceded to the pilots' demand to have three pilots onboard for flights lasting longer than 8 hours and four pilots for flights lasting longer than 12 hours. After then pushing to also include three pilots on flights between seven and eight hours, union leaders asked that similar rules also be applied to 10 particularly tiring routes.
Shan was not the only one to feel fatigued, many other leaders seemed to be on the verge of nosebleeds themselves during the marathon meeting, as can be seen below:
Hsieh. (CNA image)
Pilots Union Taoyuan Director Chen Pei-pei. (CNA image)
Director of the Department of Employment Relations at the Ministry of Labor Wang Hou-wei (王厚偉). (CNA image)
Department of Labor, Taoyuan City Government Director Chen Ching-hang (陳靜航). (CNA image)