April 12, 2007

All Nippon Airways unions go on strike over labour conditions

TOKYO (AP) - Pilots in labour unions at All Nippon Airways Co. and its three subsidiaries launched a 24-hour strike Wednesday after negotiations with management over labor conditions broke down, grounding dozens of domestic flights, airline officials said.

A total of 541 pilots from four unions, including Air Nippon Crew's Association, had told the company they would walk out the whole day Wednesday, as previously warned, after their last-ditch labor negotiations failed, airline spokesman Yo Yoshinaga said.

The union members rejected the company's response to their demand over flight training, and the negotiations are continuing, he said, without elaborating.

Cabin attendants and other airline employees are not part of the strike.

The strike, the first in about a year by the ANA group unions, was expected to cause the cancellation of 15 percent of ANA's domestic flights for Wednesday and also would delay more than 40 flights, affecting a total of about 8,700 passengers, Yoshinaga said.

The strike does not affect ANA's international flights, he said.

Source: thestar.com.my

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