By Wu Hsin-yun, Chen Wei-ting, Ku Chun, Chiu Chun-chin and Elizabeth
Taipei, Feb. 12 (CNA) After the collapse of the latest round of talks between the Pilots Union Taoyuan and China Airline (CAL) after union members went on strike last week, union officials agreed to return to the negotiating table, but asked that the talks begin at 1 a.m. Wednesday.
The request was agreed to by CAL and the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), which is mediating the dispute, the ministry said, adding that the planned talks will be open to the media.
The union asked for talks to resume at 1 a.m. in a statement, titled “Negotiations on Fatigue Flights in Fatigue Hours,” as a protest over what it characterized as CAL’s dismissive attitude over union claims about pilot fatigue.
This will be the third round of talks between the union and CAL, one of Taiwan’s largest carriers, since Feb. 7, when failure to reach agreement on union demands, including pilot “overwork,” broke down, leading CAL pilots to take industrial action at 6 a.m. the following day. [FULL STORY]