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Taichung travel agents mulling protest against EVA Air over strike

2019/06/23 20:18:51

Chang Chin-ding (張進丁, left)

Taipei, June 23 (CNA) A travel agents' association in Taichung said Sunday it is considering holding a protest Tuesday against an ongoing strike by EVA Airways flight attendants because its members had not been given advance notice, and as a result, their customers had suffered losses.

As the strike by EVA Air flight attendants over working conditions entered its fourth day, the Taichung Travel Agency Association said that if the industrial action continues until Tuesday, it will mobilize about 100 people to march to EVA Air headquarters in Taoyuan in protest against the lack of notice.

The failure to give notice showed a blatant disregard for consumer rights, said Chang Chin-ding (張進丁), head of the association.

The customers of the travel agencies have suffered losses, as they did when China Airlines pilots went on strike earlier this year, he said.

Meanwhile, Wu Chih-chien (吳志健), chairman of the Taipei Association of Travel Agents, called on the Cabinet to coordinate with the ministries of labor and transportation to help facilitate talks between EVA Air management and its employees to end the strike as soon as possible.

A strike in the aviation industry requires at least 15 days' notice to travel agents and passengers, to give them enough time to make adjustments, Wu said.

While workers have the right to strike for their benefits, such a sudden action holds consumers hostage, he said.

Either EVA Air or the Taoyuan Flight Attendants Union, which launched the strike, should be held accountable for the losses passengers have sustained as a result of the flight attendants' strike, he said.

The airline on Sunday canceled 113 flights, which affected roughly 24,000 passengers.

In the period June 24-28, if the strike doesn't end, EVA's cancelations will total 911 flights, affecting 105,700 passengers who had made bookings before the start of the strike, the airline said.

(By Yu Hsiao-han and Evelyn Kao)