CAL cancels flights over dispute

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CAL cancels flights over dispute

Taipei, Feb. 9 (CNA) A total of 17 China Airlines (CAL) flights were cancelled and six delayed Saturday as the company's pilots began their first strike a day earlier to pressure its management to tackle the airline's longstanding problem of long working hours.

The strike has forced the calculation of 31 flights and caused six delays since it began at 6 a.m. Friday, while three more flights Sunday will also be cancelled, according to the website of CAL, one of Taiwan's two leading carriers.

Earlier Saturday, the Pilots Union Taoyuan, which organized the strike, said it will attend a meeting later in the day, to be meditated by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, to discuss with CAL's management the issues long having been contested in the company.

In August last year, the union, representing about 900, or 70 percent, of CAL pilots, voted in favor of a strike to demand improvement of overworked flights, transparency in the company's promotion and training system for co-pilots, along with 19 other issues.

The union reached a preliminary agreement with CAL's management after the vote under which consultation about the 21 issues should be completed in a year, but it decided to start the strike early this month as labor disputes resurged and talks over the issues broke down.

(By Yu Shiao-han, Liu Chien-pang and Shih Hsiu-chuan)

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