Korean Air Pilots Resolve to Go on Strike
Union members of Korean Air pilots have resolved to go on a strike in a 10-day vote to decide work stoppage, its union president Shin Man-soo announced on Aug. 2, 2004.The decision was made by 75.3 percent of 902 pilots who participated in the voting. Korea Air's Pilots' Union boasts 1,276 pilots as its members.It has not been decided when to start the work stoppage, according to its union leadership.The pilots' union has been demanding a total of 11.3 percent pay raise, the reinstatement of fellow union members who had been fired, and a donation of 5 billion won from management for a union fund.These demands has for far been denied by the Korean Air's management.Currently, average yearly income of a Korean Air pilot are 110 million won for a captain, 81 million won for a co-pilot.Meanwhile, South Korea's another airline, Asian Airline's union members have started a vote to decide whether to go on a strike since July 28, 2004. Up to now, some 80 percent of all the union members have completed voting.Both Korean Air and Asiana Airline's managements are extremely worried about the final decisions on airline strike. In June of 2001, both's airline's workers including pilots went on a joint strike, paralyzing air tour and travel.
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