Day 2 of EVA Air Flight Attendant Strike|長榮罷工今運能5成 航班取消影響1.5萬人

  A large-scale strike continues at EVA Air. The largest private-owned airline in Taiwan plans to cancel 71 flights on June 21 and maintain about 50 percent of its operating capacity. The strike is estimated to affect about 15,000 travelers. On the morning of June 20, the Deputy Minister of Transportation and Communications and general manager of EVA Air made an appearance at the Taoyuan International Airport to monitor the flow of traffic. The General Manager of EVA said that the company will sue the employees for illegal strike. 
As the strike by EVA Air flight attendants enters its second day, at least 71 flights have been canceled on Friday. Deputy Minister of Transportation and Communications Chi Wen-jong made an appearance at the Taoyuan International Airport this morning to oversee the airline's response to the strike.

Please use your QR Code to get a number and to get to know your place in line. (For instance, his number is 517.) (Look inside, his number of 614.) We'll call on the numbers of 10 people at a time.

Long lines of passengers are forming at the EVA Air airport counter. The airline's General Manager, Clay Sun, made a surprise appearance to check on the ground staff. He also apologized to the passengers for the inconvenience. Sun stressed that the airline will file a lawsuit for the illegal strike.

When we were negotiating (with members of the union) in Taipei, they just left. And then the union shouted about wanting to negotiate rationally outside the door. We don't understand their attitude and their stance, or just what they want exactly. It's as if the union members in Taoyuan are not wanting the same thing as their colleagues in Taipei.

The official website of EVA Air has opened up a section to allow passengers to check on the status of their flights. Due to the ongoing strike, 45 of the 96 departing flights scheduled on June 21 have been canceled, and 26 of the 95 arriving flights are canceled. The airline estimates that it is operating on 50 percent capacity, and over 15,000 passengers are affected by the strike. EVA Air said it will do its best to transfer its passengers to other airlines. EVA Air's domestic and regional subsidiary, Uni Air, will be maintaining its normal flight schedules.

I will get on the first flight (back to Taipei) to oversee the situation.

Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung is currently visiting Belize, one of Taiwan's diplomatic allies. He has cut his visit short to fly back to Taiwan due to the strike. Lin is likely to return on June 22. The Ministry of Transportation and Communications and the Civil Aeronautics Administration have asked EVA Air to work with Taiwan's China Airlines as well as airlines from abroad to manage the passenger traffic. The government said it will work with other airlines to mobilize additional flights and larger planes if necessary.



長榮空服員罷工第二天,長榮航空預估今天會取消71航班,只剩五成的運能,旅客的影響人數有一萬多人。上午交通部次長跟長榮總經理也出現桃園機場,了解狀況。長榮總經理表示,公司準備提出非法罷工的告訴。

因應長榮罷工衝擊,罷工第二天,預計會有71航班取消,交通部次長祁文中上午也到桃機巡視罷工應變措施。

祁文中表示,「取得號碼牌看QRCode,知道目前的進度,(對對,比如說他看到517號,他看進去他自己614裡面)叫號是前面十號再叫進來。」

長榮轉機櫃檯前擠滿旅客,長榮航空總經理孫嘉明忽然現身,拍拍肩膀向地勤人員打氣,也向旅客致歉。孫嘉明更表示,勞工董事並不屬於調解事項,將提出非法罷工告訴。

長榮航空總經理孫嘉明表示,「到台北跟大家在協商,他們說走就走了,(工會)然後又在大門口喊著說要跟公司理性協商,我們是無法理解他們的態度跟訴求到底是什麼,好像在桃園的這批人跟台北那批人想法是不一樣的。」

長榮官網也設置罷工專區,提供民眾查詢航班,受到罷工影響,21日原定從台灣出發的96航班、取消45班;回程原本有95航班,取消掉26航班,僅維持五成運能,長榮航空預估將影響一萬五千名旅客。 長榮航空表示,會盡最大努力將旅客簽轉至其他航空。立榮國內線則維持正常飛航。

而原本正在友邦貝里斯進行訪視的交通部長林佳龍,也因為罷工而提前從貝里斯返國,林佳龍上午已抵達美國休士頓,預計22日返抵國門。

交通部與民航局也啟動應變計畫,要求長榮協調華航、其他國籍航空支援運能,若不足,將再協調航空公司放大機型、加班或包機協助疏運。

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