Pilot strike at China Airlines drags into third day

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A strike among pilots at China Airlines dragged into a third day yesterday, resulting in further flight cancellations.

There was no immediate word of a settlement as the pilots’ union remained firm in its demands for an additional backup pilot on flights lasting eight hours or more, a more transparent system of promotion, a year-end bonus and other concessions.

The official Central News Agency said a total of 47 flights have been cancelled yesterday.

The strike came in the middle of the Lunar New Year travel rush. About 70 per cent of the carrier’s 1,300 pilots belong to the union, which has accused management of insincerity and mistreating its workforce to keep costs down.

CAL crews went on strike for 24 hours in 2016 for better conditions.

The airline has said it is willing to continue negotiations but that the union’s demands in talks are different from those it makes in public.

Flights cancelled included those bound for Hong Kong, Bangkok, Los Angeles, Manila and Tokyo.

A China Airlines Boeing 747-400 sits on the tarmac at the Chiang Kai-shek International Airport in Taoyuan. – AP