Progress made in CAL labor-management talks, but deal elusive

The China Post
Date: Feb. 13, 2019
By: Yu Hsiao-han and Frances Huang

TAIPEI (CNA) – China Airlines (CAL), one of Taiwan’s two leading international carriers, agreed in talks conducted early Wednesday morning to some of its pilots union’s demands on staffing to prevent overwork, but no deal was reached to end the pilots’ strike.

CAL and the Pilots Union Taoyuan began a third round of negotiations at 1 a.m. Wednesday in an attempt to bring a pilot strike that started Feb. 8 to an end.

More than 600 pilots have joined the action, which has forced CAL to cancel more than 100 flights so far, affecting more than 20,000 passengers.

As of 8 a.m. in the ongoing marathon talks, CAL’s management had agreed to assign more pilots on five of the 10 routes that the union identified as potentially compromising flight safety because they left pilots vulnerable to fatigue.    [FULL  STORY]

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