Taiwan’s EVA flight attendants promise not to strike during Dragon Boat Festival

Taoyuan Flight Attendants Union pledges air traffic will not be disrupted during over holidays in June

EVA flight attendants promise not to strike on Dragon Boat Festival

EVA flight attendants promise not to strike on Dragon Boat Festival (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Flight attendants of EVA Air – one of Taiwan’s leading airlines -- will not go on a strike during the three-day holiday for the Dragon Boat Festival starting June 7, as ballots are being cast in a vote that will determine whether the country is to experience a second major strike this year following China Airlines’ pilot strike in February.

More than a thousand members of the Taoyuan Flight Attendants Union (TFAU) have cast their votes as of May 15 in voting that will continue until June 6.

The union has expressed optimism for the strike to take place, which requires passing of a double threshold: 2,967 ballots (half of the total union members) and 2,621 ballots (80 percent of the EVA Air members) in favor of a strike, reports Central News Agency.

As a gesture of goodwill, TFAU called for resumed talks to settle the dispute between EVA Air employees and the company leadership. The two sides have conducted three rounds of negotiations but failed to produce positive results in the last talk, which broke down on April 17, wrote the report.

Demands from the union include: hiking layover allowance, addressing the problem of overwork and fatigue, and increasing seats for union members on the air carrier’s board.

In response, EVA Air released a statement looking forward to restarting negotiations with representatives of TFAU. The company also thanked central government ministries and the Taoyuan City Government for their mediation efforts.