In the past three years China Airlines (CAL) employees have held two strikes. In the most recent bout of industrial action, strikers initially attempted to win over public support by framing the strike action as an appeal to concerns over aviation safety. As such, it is not just a question of salary disputes and workers’ rights; it also touches upon whether it is right to use travelers as bargaining chips in the process. Minister of Labor Hsu Ming-chun had reservations, believing it could impede worker’s rights, while the cabinet, worried about starting a new political fight, initially ruled out amending the law. While internationally there have been instances of airlines going bankrupt due to strike action, CAL is part public owned, with approximately 50 percent of its shares owned by government.
Source: Taipei Times February 18, 2019 15:56 UTC