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Taiwan’s Longest Aviation Strike Ends

An on-going strike by Eva Air cabin crew that began in mid-June has now just come to an end. Cabin crew at the carrier commenced industrial action over wages and working conditions. Talks between the union representing the crew and the airline collapsed this month, but an agreement has been reached.

After staging what Reuters reports as the longest strike in the history of the Taiwanese aviation industry, an end to the labor action by cabin crew at Eva Air has now been agreed, Taiwan News reports. A notice of the cessation of the strike was also posted on the airline’s website.

Cabin crew at Eva went on strike on June 20th and according to Reuters, the industrial action initially showed no signs of coming to a halt. The website stated that the strike has disrupted over 2,000 flights and affected approximately 405,000 travelers.

At one point, talks between crew members and the airline collapsed. Speaking earlier this month, Judy Hsiao, media liaison officer for the Taoyuan Flight Attendants Union, which represents the airline’s crew, said, “The company is still delaying. We urge them to put down their prejudices and sign an agreement with us as soon as possible.”

Staged as a protest against wages and working conditions, One Mile At A Time reports that the airline and the union have at last come to an agreement. The strike officially ended on June 10th and the agreed-upon wage and working conditions will come into effect in January of 2020.

Passengers affected by the strike can seek out more information here.

[Featured Image: Eva Air]

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