TAIPEI (The China Post) – China Airlines Employee Union held a protest at the corporate headquarters on Jan. 21, claiming that the distribution of last year’s revenue among staff was unfair.
華航企業工會於 21 日赴華航大樓抗議，指控華航去年營收分配不公。
The revenue hit a record-high NT$170.8 billion in 2018. Although rumors said that senior officials would receive a pay raise of up to NT$35,000, junior staff only received NT$700.
去年營收1,708 億創新高，而高層長官最高加薪 3,5000元，基層員工卻只加薪 700元。
In response to the union’s claim, the airline said that the company will distribute a NT$10,000 bonus before the Chinese New Year holidays and the increase salaries of junior staff by 2 percent.
華航晚間宣布，將加發春節激勵金 10,000 元以及調薪 2%。
Regarding the alleged pay raise of the chairman and general manager, the airline also said that they were not part of the current “package.”
China Airlines added that the revenue of 2018 was lower than expected due to the fluctuating oil price, reduction of cross-strait routes, and competition with low-cost airlines.
Even though the revenue in terms of cargo shipment was considered as high, the overall profitability was lower than anticipated.
Since 2015, the airline has been adding subsidies for ground personnel and increasing aircrew travel expenditure, amounting another 2 billion for personnel cost.
華航自 2015 年起陸續增發各類地勤津貼、提高空勤旅費，使得每年人事成本多出約 20 億。
Therefore, by only comparing the profit within the industry and the year-end bonus is actually not fair.
However, the chairman and general manager declared their stands during company meeting that the proposal was meant to set up a sounder system in the long run and to provide better welfare for junior staff.
The rumors on the chairman and general manager pay hikes were eventually unfounded.