Taiwan: China Airline faces 2nd possible strike in a week as staff demands for better pay & work conditions
"China Airlines…may be facing a second strike in just one week, as its labor union urged members to "go on leave" this Friday, following a breakdown of talks with the airline's new chairman…The China Airlines Employees Union…compris[ing]...mainly ground staff, pilots and maintenance workers — who are seeking similar working benefits to those won by the airline's cabin crew last week. Strike action taken Friday...by CAL flight attendants over changes in work conditions paralyzed most of the airline's flights..."
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華航空服員今天凌晨0時開始罷工... 台灣勞工陣線秘書長孫友聯表示，華航罷工行為，帶給台灣工會運動和反過勞有很大的鼓舞 ... 孫友聯在臉書上表示，罷工的決定是很嚴謹又民主的決定，這次華航空服員的罷工帶給台灣工會運動和反過勞有很大的鼓舞，尤其實在低薪和過勞普遍化和 惡化的台灣，希望未來可以讓罷工也成為台灣社會的一種習慣。
Author: Christine Chou, China Post
National flagship carrier China Airlines…may be facing a second strike in just one week, as its labor union urged members to "go on leave" this Friday, following a breakdown of talks with the airline's new chairman…
The China Airlines Employees Union…comprises 10,000 members — mainly ground staff, pilots and maintenance workers — who are seeking similar working benefits to those won by the airline's cabin crew last week. Strike action taken Friday on short notice by CAL flight attendants over changes in work conditions paralyzed most of the airline's flights, crippling operations and leaving more than 20,000 air passengers stranded…The first-ever strike by flight attendants in Taiwan's aviation history came to an end after all of their seven demands were met, including an increase in their overseas allowance.
China Airlines Employees Union president Ko Tso-liang had previously asked for the same benefits to be extended to ground crew. Ko claimed the company agreeing to all the cabin crew's requests — despite some being "unreasonable" — gave the impression that "only children who make noise get the candy." Union members reiterated their hopes that the airline would treat all employees fairly in Monday's negotiation, proposing eight demands…
Author: Edward White & Olivia Yang, News Lens
The successful strike by employees of China Airlines last month has encouraged unions across the nation to up the ante in the fight for labor rights. Su Ying-jung (蘇盈蓉), director of the Taoyuan Flight Attendants Union, told The News Lens International in an interview that the group’s recent industrial action was the first successful strike held by an independent labor union in Taiwan's history…Su says that while there was criticism from passengers during the strike, the media played an important role in drawing attention to the group’s concerns.“How public opinion reacts is the key to success,” she says…Su adds that because some of the China Airlines Employees Union directors are company-appointed, members believe the directors have tended to be more aligned with the interests of the company than union members…
Chang Feng-yi (張烽益), director of the Labor and Social Policy Association at the Taiwan Labor Front (TLF), tells TNLI that it is never easy to start a strike, and labor groups will not call one unless it is necessary. However, he is optimistic that the China Airlines’ strike will encourage other unions…