EVA Air-pilots make progress at talks: labor department

Taipei, Progress was made in the second round of negotiations between EVA Airways and its pilots on Thursday, Taoyuan City's Department of Labor said after intervening in the dispute to avoid a strike.

The meeting was a clear improvement on the first talks last week, when no consensus was reached, with both sides starting to resolve their differences, the department said.

Union official Chen Po-chien (???) told CNA the airline demonstrated some flexibility on work hours and the length of a pilot's first contract.

EVA Air pilots have asked the carrier to beef up crews on long haul flights and give them more time to rest before and after flights.

They also asked that instead of having to commit to EVA Air for 15 years, EVA-trained pilots and retired military pilots should only have to stay seven years and four years, respectively.

A third round of negotiations will take place on Aug. 22, Chen said, adding that a strike date at EVA will not be announced on Aug. 20 as initially planned should the airline not offer a better deal.

China Airlines (CAL) and EVA Air pilots in the Pilots Union Taoyuan voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike last week. Around 99 percent of CAL pilots and 97 percent of EVA Air pilots who cast ballots voted to strike in the wake of unsuccessful negotiations with management, according to union tallies.

CAL and its pilots are scheduled to hold a second round of negotiations on Friday.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel