EVA Air has been having significant operational issues lately, due to a labor dispute between management and flight attendants. The flight attendants have been on strike for over two weeks, and this led to about 2,250 flights being canceled.
For a while it looked like neither party was willing to budge. Then about a week ago management and the union mostly agreed on terms, though the union was concerned that management would retaliate against those involved in the strike, and that delayed a resolution even further.
EVA Air and the Taoyuan Flight Attendants Union have reached an agreement, so the strike will officially end on July 10, 2019 (it’s interesting that the strike doesn’t end with immediate effect). With this, management has agreed not to retaliate against those involved in the strike, which was the key to finalizing an agreement.
The new measures that were agreed upon will take effect on January 1, 2020. The flight attendants have agreed not to have another strike for at least three years, so hopefully this kind of a situation doesn’t repeat itself through July 2022, at a minimum.
While the strike officially ends on July 10, it’s expected that it will take until the end of July for operations to fully return back to normal.
This strike involved provisions of an on-duty bonus, human resources arbitration, flight optimization, and restrictions on the scope of future strikes.
It’s good to see that the two sides could eventually reach an agreement, because a 17 day strike sure is a long time (and in reality the impacts go way beyond that, given further disruptions this is causing).
Thousands of flights have been impacted, and as usual public opinion on the issue has been mixed — some support what the workers wanted, while others were frustrated to have their travel plans disrupted.
I guess that still pales in comparison to the ongoing action of American’s mechanics, since that has spanned months and isn’t even officially a strike.