NOT GIVING IN: The Taoyuan Flight Attendants’ Union said that its strike was legal and that the law guarantees legal strikes immunity from civil and criminal liability
Date: Jul 09, 2019
By: Kao Shih-ching / Staff reporter
EVA Airways Corp (長榮航空) yesterday said that it has no plans to withdraw a lawsuit against theTaoyuan Flight Attendants’ Union — despite the two sides signing an agreement to end a strike at midnight today — as it is seeking to protect its shareholders’ interests.
The airline filed the lawsuit at the Taipei District Court on June 21, saying the union had contravened the Act for Settlement of Labor-Management Disputes (勞資爭議處理法).
The union said that one of the reasons it launched the strike was the airline’s rejection of its request to employ a labor director, but such a request is not permitted under the act, EVA said as it filed the suit, adding that it would seek compensation of NT$34 million (US$1.09 million) for every day that the strike lasted.
At talks on Saturday, the union asked the airline to drop the lawsuit, but EVA declined.