Although they had threatened to strike during the Dragon Boat Festival holiday, China Airlines flight attendants voted for the strike to begin at midnight last night, Taiwan People News reported. About 500 striking staff gathered for a sit-in outside the China Airlines office on Nanjing East Road in Taipei at 8 pm last night to protest what they claim are unfair labor practices by the airline. Ninety-nine percent of union members voted in favor of the strike during a meeting on Tuesday.
China Airlines President Chang Yu-hern (張有恒) said that the company was forced to cancel eight flights before noon so far, affecting about 1590 passengers. Flights out of Kaohsiung and Tainan remain normal for now. The airline has a total of 92 flights scheduled for today. Apple Daily reports that 67 flights out of Taoyuan and Songshan airports have been cancelled today.
The company noted, however, that President Tsai Ing-wen’s flight to Central and South America today would not be affected. She is scheduled to visit Panama and Paraguay on her trip.
Airline representatives stated that passengers affected by cancelled or severely delayed flights will be compensated depending on the extent of the delay.