By: Lee Hsin-Yin
Taipei, June 21 (CNA) More than 1,400 out of some 4,200 EVA Airways flight attendants participated in a strike that began Thursday following the collapse of management-labor talks and leading to the cancellation of 16 EVA Air flights, the Taoyuan Flight Attendants Union (TFAU) said Friday.
Some 1,400 union members turned in their passports, their Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents and their EVA Air employee identification cards to the union to commit that they will not work for the company during the strike, the union said.
"The level of participation was higher than we had expected," said TFAU Secretary-General Cheng Ya-ling (鄭雅菱).
While the carrier managed to keep half of its 32 flights operating through midnight Thursday after the surprise strike, around 40 percent of its 191 flights were expected to be canceled throughout Friday, affecting 15,000 passengers. [FULL STORY]