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Cabin crew urge Eva Air to resume talks amid week-long strike

Christian Fernsby |
Flight attendants at Taiwan's Eva Airways Corp urged the airline on Thursday to restart negotiations to end a week-long strike that has seen hundreds of international flights cancelled.

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Eva Air said a total of 368 flights, or 40%, will be cancelled from July 1 to July 5. Nearly 300 flights were already cancelled since its cabin crew went on strike on June 20, including flights from Taipei to Chicago, Paris, Seoul and Hong Kong.

The week-long strike, which is the longest in Taiwan's aviation industry where labour unrest is uncommon, has led Eva to estimate a revenue loss of about T$1.34 billion (34 million pounds).

The union representing Eva Air's flight attendants made several concessions on Thursday on its demands to improve work conditions and pay, having failed to reach an agreement with the airline's management after a months-long negotiation.

"The union has adjusted our proposal and is urging Eva Air to restart the negotiation as soon as possible," it said in a statement. "We have been hoping that Eva Airways would restart negotiations swiftly to resolve the dispute."

More than 2,000 flight attendants from Eva Air's all-female cabin crew took turns since June 20 to join demonstrations outside the firm's headquarters near Taoyuan International Airport, the union said.

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