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Taiwan's China Airlines pilot strike officially ends

Strike by pilots from Taiwan's China Airlines officially ends on 7th day, 28 flights still canceled

Hsieh (left), Lee (right).

Hsieh (left), Lee (right). (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- On the seventh day of a strike by China Airlines (CAL) pilots, the airline and Pilots Union Taoyuan finally came to a consensus on the five key demands by the striking pilots, but 28 flights have still been canceled for the next two days.

After nearly 11 hours of talks during the fourth round of negotiations on Thursday (Feb. 14), which started at 10 a.m., the two sides reached an agreement on the five major demands put forward by pilots. The five main demands included reducing the problem of overwork and fatigue among pilots, easier promotions for Taiwanese co-pilots to full pilot status, a ban on reprisals against striking pilots, the replacement of allegedly unsuitable managers, and a full 13th-month bonus similar to main competitor EVA Air.

At 10:25 p.m. last night, CAL President Hsieh Shih-chien (謝世謙) and Pilots Union Taoyuan Chairperson Lee Hsin-yen (李信燕) signed a collective agreement formally ending the strike at a ceremony presided over by Vice Premier Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁), Transportation and Communications minister Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍), Labor Minister Hsu Ming-chun (許銘春), Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦), and China Airlines Chairman Ho Nuan-hsuan (何煖軒).

According to the collective agreement between the two sides, the pilots agreed not to strike again before Aug. 31, 2022. If a dispute occurs before that date, the two sides will hold arbitration talks.

CAL said that the implementation rate of flights should reach 96 percent today, and by tomorrow, the rate should reach 100 percent. Nevertheless, 28 flights have been canceled from Feb. 15 to Feb. 17.

Information about flight cancellations can be found in English on the China Airlines website here.

The Pilots Union Taoyuan represents 900 of CAL's 1,300 pilots, and over 600 had joined in the strike. Since the strike began at 6 a.m. on Feb. 8, CAL has been forced to cancel over 100 flights, affecting over 20,000 passengers.