Taiwan Today: About 30% of working fathers feel alienated from children, Pilots to announce strike date on Aug. 20

Nearly one of third Taiwanese working fathers spent more than 9 hours in the office a day, estranged from their children.

About 30% of working fathers feel alienated from children: poll

Nearly one third of Taiwanese fathers feel they are alienated from their children because they don’t spend enough time with them during the week, according to a yes123 online job bank survey released Tuesday.

The poll on the pressures facing working fathers and their career planning reveals that 14.8 percent do not even have dinner with their children, while 30.2 percent said the alienation has been caused by extended working hours and overtime.

Among those polled, 74.2 percent said they spend more than nine hours in the office a day, while 18.4 percent admitted that they practically spend no time with their children during a work week.

Meanwhile, the survey also found that 84.3 percent said their salary “was not enough” to cover their expenses, while 39.3 percent said they are the sole breadwinner in the family.

Pilots to announce strike date on Aug. 20 if no deal reached

The Pilots Union Taoyuan will announce a strike date on Aug. 20 if China Airlines (CAL) and EVA Airways do not offer their pilots better working conditions by then, the union said Tuesday after its members voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike.

Should a strike occur, it would be the first time in Taiwan’s history that airline pilots have staged a walkout.

Around 99 percent of the CAL pilots and 97 percent of the EVA Air pilots who cast ballots voted in favor of a strike in the wake of unsuccessful negotiations with management, the union said, adding that it hoped to hear back from the carriers within a week.

The union and airlines have held several meetings in the past to discuss the pay issues, the pilots’ time off and how days off are defined, and the two airlines’ management style that are at the heart of the dispute.

Around 99 percent of the CAL pilots and 97 percent of the EVA Air pilots who cast ballots voted to strike in the wake of unsuccessful negotiations with management, according to union tallies.

Prosecution probes sources of pro-China party’s funds

Prosecutors searched the office of the Chinese Unity Promotion Party and the home of party head Chang An-le(張安樂), also known as the White Wolf(白狼),on suspicion that the party has violated the law pertaining to organized crime.

During the raid, the investigators also took in four party workers for questioning, all of whom were later released without bail.

The Taipei District Prosecutors Office said prosecutors and investigators seized more than 10 cartons of documents and files that will be used to determine the sources of the party’s funds.

Chang told the media that he has never taken any funds from the Chinese authorities or the Communist Party of China.

“If they want to indict me, they may well do so. Don’t implicate innocents,” he added.

Photographs of Chinese Unity Promotion Party Chairman Chang An-le (張安樂)
Photographs of Chinese Unity Promotion Party Chairman Chang An-le (張安樂)