Pilot strike ends after China Airlines reaches deal with pilots

The strike started on Feb. 8, the seventh day of the nine-day Lunar New Year holiday period. According to CAL, roughly 20,000 passengers booked on about 100 flights were affected by the strike during the peak travel period. (NOWnews)

TAIPEI (CNA) — China Airlines (CAL) pilots on Feb. 14 night announced an end to their seven-day strike, saying they had reached an agreement with the airline after four rounds of negotiations on issues such as work hours, recruitment and bonuses.

CAL President Hsieh Shih-chien (謝世謙) and Pilots Union Taoyuan Chairperson Lee Hsin-yen (李信燕) signed an agreement ending the strike at a ceremony in Taipei presided over by transport and labor officials late Thursday.

The pilots agreed not to strike for the duration of the collective agreement, which will remain in place for three years. Any future labor disputes will be dealt with through arbitration, according to the agreement.

The strike started on Feb. 8, the seventh day of the nine-day Lunar New Year holiday period. According to CAL, roughly 20,000 passengers booked on about 100 flights were affected by the strike during the peak travel period.

By Lee Hsin-Yin