GENERAL VOTE: The union said that it was willing to talk further if EVA offers ‘sincere alternatives,’ while the airline vowed to minimize effects of a strike on travelers
Date: Apr 20, 2019
By: Cheng Wei-chi, Kao Shih-ching and Jake Chung / Staff reporters, with staff writer
The Taoyuan Flight Attendants’ Union yesterday announced that it would hold a vote next month to decide when and where it would hold a strike against EVA Air Corp.
The union and the company have since April 2017 held more than 20 rounds of talks, with the union walking away from the table late last year due to a lack of progress, prompting mediation intervention by the Taoyuan City Government.
A breakdown in government-led negotiations on Wednesday marked the third time the parties failed to find a solution on the issues of flight adjustments, hourly rates and labor representation on the company’s board.
The union demanded an increase in the hourly overseas allowance rate from NT$90 to NT$150; a change in the Taoyuan-Tokyo and Taoyuan-Beijing routes to allow for employees to rest overnight; additional rest hours for long flights; and the ability for union members to nominate labor representatives to the board. FULL STORY]