Taipei, The Pilots Union Taoyuan said Friday its members have voted in favor of strike action, which could take place during the Lunar New Year holiday unless China Airlines (CAL) agrees to a compromise over the working conditions of pilots.
Any strike action will target CAL, after a motion to that effect was approved by members during a union meeting held that day, according to Chen Pei-pei the union’s leader.
CAL pilots have demanded better pay, more rest hours, and greater pilot autonomy.
Last year, negotiations between unions and airlines reached partial consensus after a proposed strike was approved, but other issues were left to be addressed by further talks.
Since then, CAL has repeatedly demanded pilots sign documents that would effectively nullify the strike decision, according to a union statement Friday.
CAL accused the union of sabotaging negotiations, called on pilots to put the rights of passengers first and to engage in talks with management based on realistic demands.
On Friday, Cabinet spokesperson Kolas Yotaka asked the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) to help mediate a dialogue between the two sides.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel