About 20,000 passengers suffer due to China Airline strike

Bhopal, June 25, 2016 (Ataullah Faizan):  A strike by staff from Taiwan’s largest carrier China Airlines left 20,000 passengers without flights on Friday in the first industrial action by cabin crew in the island’s aviation history. The airline was forced to cancel all flights out of the two main airports in the capital TAIPEI, with the only exception a chartered service for President Tsai Ing-wen who left for a state visit to Panama and Paraguay on Friday morning. Crowds of passengers queued up at CAL counters in Taipei’s Songshan and Taoyuan airports on Friday morning as the airline tried to get them onto different flights. Hundreds of flight attendants staged a sit-in outside the firm’s headquarters in Taipei overnight, protesting a new requirement that they report for work in Taoyuan — on the outskirts of Taipei — rather than downtown Songshan.  They say the measure was brought in “unilaterally”. “(It) pressures us to work even more overtime and will seriously affect flight safety,” the Taoyuan Flight Attendants Union said in a statement on its Facebook page.  Flight attendants of Taiwan’s China Airlines hold placards reading, ‘Fight for labour rights’ during a demonstration outside the company’s headquarters in Taipei. The union is also calling for other improvements to conditions, including double pay for working on national holidays. The official strike started at midnight. Protesters continued to sit-in outside the CAL office on Friday. Both the president and the chairman of CAL were replaced on Thursday after tendering their resignations before the strike.