EVA Air attendants strike halts flights for 1,000s in Taiwan

A strike by EVA Air flight attendants has left thousands of passengers from Taiwan's second-largest airline scrambling for alternatives

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A strike by flight attendants at EVA Air, Taiwan's second-largest airline, has left thousands of passengers scrambling for alternative transport.

Dozens of flights had been canceled as a Friday after flight attendants walked off the job on Thursday afternoon after negotiations broke down.

Union members have demanded a raise in daily allowances and an end to the practice whereby non-union members enjoy the same benefits as members.

Management has said daily allowances are already higher than those offered by competitors and barring non-union members who do the same work from enjoying equal benefits would harm safety and morale.