TAIPEI (CNA) — China Airlines (CAL), one of Taiwan’s leading airlines, will hold talks with the CAL branch of the Pilots Union Taoyuan on Feb. 9 in a meeting that will be mediated by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) amid a pilot strike called on Friday which has so far affected more than 3,000 passengers.
CAL, led by company president Hsieh Su-chien (謝世謙), will meet with senior union officials including chairwoman Lee Hsin-yen (李信燕) to discuss related issues, including working hours and bonuses, according to MOTC Deputy Minister Wang Kwo-tsai (王國材).
Also attending the meeting will be representatives from the Ministry of Labor, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) and Taoyuan City’s Department of Labor, said union official Chen Po-chien (陳柏謙).
“Due to the intervention of the MOTC, we have learned that CAL will offer proposals including flexibility on the management of long-haul flights to reduce pilots’ working hours,” Chen said.
While both sides have extended an olive branch, Chen stressed that the strike, which so far has the support of more than 200 CAL pilots who have deposited their flight certificates with the union, will continue.
The union also said that based on previous dealings with CAL, it is difficult to be optimistic about the outcome of the talks.
The union represents about 900, or 70 percent, of CAL’s pilots, and around 99 percent of whom vote for strike in a vote on Aug. 7.
According to the CAA, CAL has a total of 1,336 pilots, 1,209 of them are from Taiwan.
By Lee Hsin-Yin