Taiwan: Taiwan’s main carrier China Airlines cancelled 76 flights to Hong Kong, Japan and other destinations on Friday as hundreds of its flight attendants went on strike to protest against what they claim are the company’s poor working conditions. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who began her tour of US, Panama and Paraguay on a China Airlines plane, said she regretted leaving the country during such a situation and urged the company and employees to find a sincere solution to the conflict, EFE news reported.
More than 2,600 workers belonging to the Flight Attendants Union decided to go on strike after their workplace was transferred from Songshan Airport located in Taipei to Taoyuan, about 50 km outside the city. China Airlines new president Ho Nuan-Hsuan, who begins his tenure on Friday, said the company is looking for a quick resolution to the conflict and is willing to talk with employees. This is the first such strike in Taiwan, where unions are typically weak and rarely hold labour protests.