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CAL Pilots Strike: Labor and Management Schedule to Meet Again Today


 CAL Pilots Strike: Labor and Management Schedule to Meet Again Today


Source: United Daily News

February 8-11

On February 8, at 6 a.m., the China Airlines (CAL) Pilots Union, under the Taoyuan City Pilots Union, staged a strike out of the blue and listed 5 appeals, demanding that CAL increase the number of pilots assigned to flights taking at least seven hours to avoid pilot fatigue from overwork, establish a transparent promotion and training system for co-pilots, dismiss CAL executives who were unbecoming to CAL, follow EVA Air’s policy of offering a year-end bonus of one extra month’s full pay to pilots, and eliminate the free rider clause.

This is the first strike launched by airline pilots in ROC history.

Under the coordination of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), the CAL Pilots Union and CAL engaged in labor-management collective bargaining on February 9, at 3 p.m. However, in the six-hour process, the Union hoped that CAL would assign three pilots at a minimum for long-haul flights over seven hours, while CAL insisted on three pilots for flights taking a minimum of eight hours. The collective bargaining thus fell through and nearly five hundred CAL pilots continued the strike sine die.

Last evening, the MOTC scheduled the second round of collective bargaining between the Union and CAL for 5 p.m. today.


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