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CAL tentatively OKs partial pilot member requests during talks

2019/02/13 08:29

Taipei, Feb. 13 (CNA) After hours of talks with its pilots, China Airlines (CAL), one of the two leading international carriers in Taiwan, tentatively agreed early Wednesday morning to some of its striking pilot union's demands to help crew members to avoid overwork.

CAL and the Pilots Union Taoyuan entered the third round of negotiations at 1 a.m. Wednesday to address a pilot strike that started on Feb. 8.

As of 6 a.m. Wednesday, CAL's management agreed to assign three flight crew members on two of the 10 routes requested by pilots who have accused the carrier of failing to deploy enough pilots during flights, causing fatigue for pilots and compromising flight safety.

During the negotiations, CAL President Hsieh Shih-chien (謝世謙) agreed to assign three pilots to the route between Anchorage and New York and the route between Taiwan and Palau.

The negotiations are ongoing.

After two previous rounds of negotiations broke down, the carrier's management and its pilots launched the latest round Wednesday.

(By Yu Hsiao-han and Frances Huang)Enditem