Precautions taken for possible airline strike: MOTC

Taipei, Transportation Minister Wu Hong-mo (???) said Tuesday that his ministry and the labor ministry are working together to intervene in the current dispute between pilots and the airlines that employ them -- China Airlines and EVA Airways -- to prevent a possible strike.

The ministries will mediate negotiations between labor and management to help them reach consensus, Wu said.

"We hope that the airlines and the union will take passengers' rights and aviation safety into consideration when they carry out negotiations," Wu said after members of the Pilots Union Taoyuan voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike.

Labor Minister Hsu Ming-chun (???) said earlier in the day that her ministry has been keeping in close contact with the transportation ministry and the airlines to try to sort out a solution.

Wu also urged the airlines and the union to refrain from taking provocative actions, citing CAL's filing for a provisional injunction last week to prevent the union from going on strike until a court ruling stipulates that their action is legitimate.

Wu said the ministry was not aware of CAL's action, and said such a move could break the trust between the airlines and the pilots.

Wu said the ministry has taken precautions in case of the worst-case scenario, but he declined to elaborate on what the measures are.

He said the two ministries are also working toward the institutionalization of airline strikes, including how much advance notice of a strike should be given.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel