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Asiana Pilots’ Union Tentatively OKs Wage Deal

This file photo provided by Asiana Airlines shows an A350 passenger jet flying high in the sky.

This file photo provided by Asiana Airlines shows an A350 passenger jet flying high in the sky.

SEOUL, July 19 (Korea Bizwire)Asiana Airlines Inc., South Korea’s second-biggest carrier by sales, said Wednesday it has reached a tentative wage deal with its pilots’ union for the 2019-2022 period.

The tentative agreement came after two international and 10 domestic flights were canceled as around 100 Asiana pilots began a work-to-rule protest on June 7 for higher wages.

Pilots only did what is stipulated by company policies and rules during the work-to-rule campaign. The campaign includes such tactics as the “overuse” of jet fuel and “excessive” maintenance work, and disrupts flights, causing delays.

Asiana pilots have accepted a 2.5 percent increase in basic pay, an increased flight allowance, 50 percent of basic pay in cash incentive, and improved welfare benefits, the company said in a statement.

The pilots originally demanded a 10 percent increase in basic pay for the four-year period as there was no wage increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was far higher than the company’s proposed 2.5 percent rise for the period.

Other unionized workers, except for pilots, have already accepted the 2.5 percent wage increase for the pandemic-hit period.

The pilots’ union was planning to begin a strike this week, raising concerns over the planned walkout’s impact on passengers planning to travel, businesses that transport their products via aircraft and the tourism industry.

Airlines usually prepare for a sharp increase in travel demand as people take trips for summer holidays from the middle of July through the end of August.


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