Taipei, Officials of the Taoyuan Flight Attendants Union (TFAU) decided Saturday to continue their strike after the planned signing of a tentative agreement late Saturday failed to happen.
Although union members voted from Friday to Saturday in favor of an agreement presented by EVA Airways, union officials issued a statement later Saturday saying they could not sign the final document after the two sides could not find any middle ground on one of the points of agreement that flight attendants would not be punished for their strike action.
The union had insisted that EVA Airways withdraw a statement made by the company on May 8, according to EVA.
At that time, the airline said if a strike hurt its profitability and caused financial losses, the company would consider freezing annual wage increases and suspending yearend bonus payments to employees, and stop offering discount air fares to employees and their families for three years.
However, EVA said flight crew and ground staff who worked during the strike would not have their benefits withdrawn.
In a press release Saturday, EVA Airways said the main reason the final threehour negotiation broke down after union members voted to support it was that the airline would not agree to withdraw the May 8 statement as the union requested.
Since the strike started on June 20, 932 flights have been canceled, affecting 188,000 passengers and costing EVA Airways NT$1.8 billion.
The union said EVA has agreed to hold another negotiation session on July 2.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel