China Airlines Cancels, Delays Flights Due to Strike by Crew Members
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On Friday, China Airlines was forced to cancel 76 flights due to hundreds of the company’s flight attendants going on strike to protest poor working conditions.
According to the South China Morning Post, the China Airlines strike—the first by any air carrier based in Taiwan—has left at least 20,000 passengers stranded at the island nation’s major airports.
In a vote to decide whether to strike or not by the airline’s union, 2,535 out of its 2,683 members voted to support the organized protests. Union director Lin Hsin-yi said that poor working conditions and inadequate benefits were the main motives behind the strike.
In addition, the union also complained about the long working hours and lackluster benefits of its staff compared with other international airlines.
Taiwan’s new President Tsai Ing-wen voiced her support for the striking attendants as she departed on a China Airlines plane for business trip to Panama and Paraguay, but her flight was not impacted by the strike.
Angry passengers at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and other smaller facilities in the country began shouting protests after they were informed their flights had been either canceled or delayed by the strikes.
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