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EVA flight attendants will not strike on Dragon Boat Festival: union

2019/05/16 12:54:55

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Taipei, May 16 (CNA) The Taoyuan Flight Attendants Union (TFAU) pledged Thursday that EVA Air flight attendants will not go on strike during the June 7-9 Dragon Boat Festival.

The union has extended an olive branch by promising not to disrupt holiday traffic and hopes that it will bring EVA Chairman Lin Bou-shiu (林寶水) back to the negotiating table to seek solutions to labor-management disputes, said Liao Yi-chin (廖以勤), a TFAU board director.

Liao said the union is looking forward to reopening negotiations with the company May 24 after their last round of talks broke down April 17, prompting a strike vote from May 13 to June 6.

The union is optimistic that the strike vote will pass, as more than 1,000 EVA flight attendants have cast their ballots, Liao said.

In response, EVA said in a statement that it recognizes the union's good will, and will restart negotiations with it on May 24 as requested.

EVA said it will come up with solutions that could meet the needs of the company, its employees, shareholders and passengers.

Two thresholds will have to be met for the vote to pass, the first being the approval of more than half of the union's some 5,930 members from EVA, China Airlines (CAL) and other smaller carriers.

Also acknowledging that it would be best for an EVA labor action to be addressed by that airline's flight attendants, the union has voluntarily set a second threshold, requiring that any strike vote be approved by at least 80 percent of its some 3,280 EVA members.

The EVA members, who account for 75 percent of the carrier's flight attendants, will cast their ballots between May 13 and May 26, according to the union.

CAL members will vote between May 27 and June 6, and members from other airlines will vote between June 3 and 6.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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