Taiwan: Strike by flight attendants of EVA Airways

Flight attendants of Taiwan’s EVA Airways will go on strike from 4:00 p.m. today as their demands have not been met in the latest round of talks with the airline’s management, the Taoyuan Flight Attendants Union said.

At least a dozen flights in and out of Hong Kong are likely to be affected.

The announcement was made one hour into the negotiations as the two sides reached an impasse on the first issue raised, that of a daily allowance for flight attendants, CNA reports.

“The discussion was not generating any concrete results, so we decided to start our strike from 4:00 p.m. today,” TFAU Deputy Secretary-General Chou Sheng-kai said after the third round of negotiations, which was mediated by government officials.

The decision to strike came in the wake of a vote by flight attendants on July 7, which gave the union the legal right to take industrial action, and after its talks with the airline’s management on overseas allowances and work hours on regional trips failed to produce a resolution.

The bone of contention was the union’s demand for higher allowances for flight attendants working in overseas destinations and its insistence that the increase, from NT$90 (US$3) to NT$150 per hour per flight, should be given only to its members.