With 600 pilots on strike, over a hundred planes cancelled and close to 20,000 passengers affected, the China Airlines pilot strike is now in its fifth day after a second round of talks with management collapsed. During the talks, the pilots' union originally accepted a proposal by the airline to have three people on duty for eight-hour flights and four people on duty for 12-hour flights. However, the union then asked for three people on duty for multi-leg flights exceeding seven hours, but as their "multi-leg"'s definition differed from the airline's, the negotiations again collapsed.
A second round of talks between China Airlines pilots who are on strike and airline management have collapsed after they failed to reach a consensus on the number of pilots deployed for flights. The pilots have therefore continued with their strike. During the talks, the pilots' union originally asked for this to be based on the flight time. Later, it accepted the airline's proposal to assign three pilots for eight-hour flights and four pilots for 12-hour flights. However, it then asked for three pilots to be deployed for multi-leg flights exceeding seven hours.
We normally fly to and from Southeast Asia or Northeast Asia, so we take off and land two times per round trip. If you insist to count this as a multi-leg flight, it would require a lot more manpower.
The union's request caused another controversy, as it became clear that the two sides differed on their definition of multi-leg flights. The union believes a multi-leg flight is any flight that lands more than once, which would include round trips such as Taipei to Bangkok and then Bangkok to Taipei. If the total flight time exceeds seven hours, then there should be three pilots on duty. Meanwhile, China Airlines believes the definition of a multi-leg flight is a flight with three or more stops. If the union's definition is followed, the airline would have to dispatch 900 additional pilots a month, which would greatly increase its costs. The talks collapsed over this difference. The Airline Career Development Association says international legislation does not explicitly define multi-leg flights.
They don't say whether multi-leg flights are segmented based on a second stop, the same location or a third location because every airline has different air rights and schedules.
The association adds most countries base their standards on flight times, as basing them on flying time would require taking other factors such as possible airplane malfunctions into account. If the service time of maintenance personnel is also considered, it would be very hard to define.