EVA Air Cabin Crew Strike May End On Saturday

EVA Air cabin crew members started a strike on Thursday last week (read more here) that has resulted cancellation of more than 1,000 flights affecting 200,000 passengers.

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Taiwan News (access here) was reporting late on Friday that parties may have come together and the strike could end on Saturday.

Here’s an excerpt from the Taiwan News (access the piece here):

More than 2,000 flight attendants at the private carrier walked out on June 20 to underline their demands regarding overtime and long working hours. Supporters said difficult working conditions were sufficient reason for the industrial action, while critics lambasted the airline staff for disrupting the travel plans of thousands of people.

About 1,000 flights have been canceled since the beginning of the strike, affecting an estimated 200,000 passengers, the Central News Agency reported.

Following Friday afternoon’s meeting, reports indicated that both sides in the dispute might sign an agreement to end the strike around Saturday noon at the earliest.

Conclusion

EVA’s website (access here) has a list of flights that are already canceled through July 12. I would assume that if the parties do sign an agreement this weekend most of these cancellation are reversed.

If the strike ends this weekend, it will take few days for the schedule to get back to normal due to planes and personnel being out of rotation.

Let’s hope that EVA and its cabin crew union have come up with a new agreement that allows flights to resume. Strikes like this tend not to last very long because the financial damage to the airlines are significant.

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