The China Post
Date: August 1, 2017
By: The China Post
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Eleven lawyers have launched a petition condemning what they say
was the Justice Ministry’s abuse of power in its handling of an air traffic backlog that came after 500 EVA Air employees took a typhoon day on Sunday.
Deputy Justice Minister Chen Ming-tang (陳明堂) said Monday the government would open a criminal investigation into whether “specific persons” had incited or coerced the EVA Air workers into taking the natural disaster leave, which in part led to the cancellation of dozens of flights and stranding of nearly 10,000 people.
There has been speculation that the employees took the day off unnecessarily as part of a union-backed power play. The airline’s union denies this.
The petition, started by human rights lawyer Chiu Hsien-chih (邱顯智), says the ministry’s apparent plan to investigate is a violation of administrative neutrality and an abuse of power. [FULL STORY]