EVA Air Flight Attendant Strike Continues

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EVA Air flight attendants strike continues and the parties are scheduled to meet next time on July 2, 2019.

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Flight attendants had already agreed to the negotiated solution but EVA Air management refused to withdraw penalties for striking employees.

You can access EVA Air strike information here.

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

Flight attendants at EVA Air have decided to continue their strike following failed negotiations with the company’s management that lasted for three hours on Saturday (June 29).

Earlier in the day, members of the labor union had voted to accept a compromise deal, bringing hopes that the 10-day strike could end as soon as the two sides ink an agreement later.

The negotiations broke down over a number of sticking points, including refusal by the management to withdraw punitive measures against employees taking part in the strike.

Here’s what the deal was supposed to be according to Focus Taiwan (access here). 

The deal EVA Air offered has been circulated online since Friday and reported widely by local media even though neither sides have confirmed or disclosed details of the deal to end the strike.

The deal reportedly included six items.

First, the airline will not retaliate against striking flight attendants and will sign a “peace agreement” with the TFAU EVA Air branch.

Second, EVA Air will pay a NT$300 (US$10) on-duty bonus for flight attendants working short haul and overnight routes, and NT$500 for overseas routes.

Third, in the March-October period, flight attendants working flights including BR198 on the Taoyuan-Tokyo Narita route and BR108 on the Kaohsiung-Tokyo route, will be allowed to rest overnight rather than working both legs of a round-trip flight the same day.

Flight attendants working BR716 on the Taoyuan-Beijing route will be allowed to rest overnight in April and the June-August period.

Fourth, the airline will hold a monthly labor-management meeting, and review the airline’s service procedures and employee work schedule every six months.

Fifth, five senior flight attendant instructors will be selected by airline staff to attend staff evaluation committee, rotating as committee members.

Sixth, airline union managing supervisors will be given 25 days of annual leave to manage union affairs, and the airline will adjust the work schedule for union representatives when the TFAU holds its annual general assembly.

Conclusion

This strike by the flight attendants has already resulted cancellation more than 1,000 flights and affected 200,000 passengers.

When strike agreement is reached, there is no usual penalty for striking employees. Not sure why this was not acceptable for EVA Air management?

Let’s hope that the parties can reach an agreement as expediently as possible.

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