Taiwan’s EVA Air flight attendants extend strike after talks fail

EVA Air planes are parked up due to a workers' strike at the Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan.
EVA Air planes are parked up due to a workers' strike at the Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Stranded Eva Airways passengers at the Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan on June 26, 2019.
Stranded Eva Airways passengers at the Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan on June 26, 2019.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

TAIPEI (DPA) - Flight attendants at Taiwan’s EVA Air have extended their strike after failing to reach an agreement with management on Saturday (June 29) over wages and working conditions, state media reported.

Some 2,300 EVA Air employees had voted earlier in the day to end the strike, which has lasted nine days so far, and to hold negotiations.

But the two sides failed to reach consensus during the lengthy meeting and decided to talk again on Tuesday. In light of the impasse union members decided to extend the strike, Central News Agency reported late on Saturday.

EVA Air management says that the strike has caused the cancellation of 2,000 flights and a financial loss of 1.8 billion Taiwan dollars (S$78 million). 

On Thursday, the carrier announced the cancellation of international flights until July 12.

It now maintains about 60 per cent of its daily carrying capacity due to the strike, which began on June 20.

Striking employees’ demands involve issues surrounding certain overnight flights, higher daily allowances for international flights, engagement in corporate governance and other things.

In recent days, the strike has gained growing support from the public since details about the relatively poor work conditions at EVA Air, one of Taiwan’s two major carriers, were revealed.

Lawmakers, NGOs, trade unions, professors, and union members of Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways came to the strike zone to show solidarity.