Asiana Airlines’ domestic and international flights are set to face a slew of delayed departures as the airline’s pilots’ union is set to launch a strike on July 7 that will legally delay aircraft takeoffs.
If the unionized pilots go ahead with the strike, there are fears that departures could be delayed by up to an hour or more. Add to that the slowing of airplanes on the ground, and the number of delayed flights is expected to increase.
According to the aviation industry on June 6, the Asiana Airlines pilots’ union held a vote for and against the strike from the 23rd to the 28th of last month. According to the voting results, 946 out of a total of 1095 members voted, with 874 votes in favor and 72 votes against.
Based on the over 90% approval rate, the pilots’ union will form a strike committee and begin a legalized strike to delay aircraft flight times from the 7th of this month.
Asiana Airlines’ policy is to have pilots and flight attendants meet for a flight briefing one hour and 20 minutes before takeoff, but pilots and flight attendants have been meeting 30 to 40 minutes earlier to ensure smooth boarding and takeoff.
However, from the 7th, the pilots’ union will not rush to brief flights. While this will vary by route, the expectation is that passenger boarding will be delayed by at least 30 minutes.
Even after passengers have boarded, the flight could be delayed again. When traveling down the airport runway to take off, the pilots’ union plans to observe the ground operating speeds set by law and to fly only at the minimum regulated speed and within the regulated altitude even after takeoff.
Domestic flights with a large number of flights are likely to experience continuous delayed boarding, and routes scheduled in the late afternoon are likely to be canceled in the wake of the domino effect.
The union plans to hold wage negotiations with the토토사이트 company while conducting a compliance strike, but if an amicable compromise is not reached by next month, the union plans to strike at the end of July at the public utility maintenance rate.
“There are about 300 pilots who are not members of the union, so not all of Asiana’s routes are delayed,” said Chun Wan-seok, secretary general of the Asiana Airlines Pilots’ Union, adding, “We will continue to negotiate with the company while conducting the compliance strike.”
“There is no point in going on strike at this time as the mandatory maintenance agreement states that international flights must be maintained at 80 percent and domestic flights at 50 percent (70 percent on Jeju),” he said. “We are considering a strike in late July/early August when the company is expanding its fleet, but we have not decided yet.”
In response to the union’s compliance struggle, the company said, “We will continue to maintain a dialog with the union and do our best to reach an amicable settlement.”
Meanwhile, Asiana Airlines labor and management are in the midst of four years of wage and collective bargaining for 2019-2022, and while they have agreed to a wage freeze for three years, they are at odds over the 2022 wage increase.
The company has offered a 2.5% increase, but the pilots’ union wants a 10% increase. The union argues that given that Korean Air, Jeju Air, and T.W.A. have seen wage increases of more than 10 percent, a similar increase is warranted.