A labor union for All Nippon Airways pilots and flight engineers will resume its walkout on international flights next Tuesday, calling the latest offer by management insufficient, a spokesman for the union said Wednesday.
An ANA Crew Association spokesman said the union will continue negotiations until the proposed date of the walkout. “We want to avoid the strike, if possible, and are also concerned (about) the influence (of the walkout) … The management still turns its back to our proposal,” Takashi Okudaira, general secretary of the ANA Crew Association, told a news conference.
The strike, which will target international flights using Boeing 747-400 aircraft, will exclude trips between Tokyo and Paris. The aircraft is used for less than one third of ANA’s international flights, according to the union. The union is opposing a new wage system introduced in April through which management intends to have pay reflect actual hours in flight, instead of paying a flat 65-hour allowance.
Last week, the union had made its own proposal for a transitional pay system until the union and management can reach an official agreement. However, the decision on the walkout came after management made a counterproposal Monday to adjust flight allowances for union members who fly less than 600 hours a year, covering a three-year transitional period.
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