Flight attendants unhappy
Flight attendants and their representatives said yesterday that a proposed government rule to allow longer working hours per week would violate the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法). Federation of Aviation Employees director-general Jesse Lee (李昭平) said the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) plans to allow flight attendants to work up to 75 hours over seven consecutive days. The labor law stipulates that the maximum working hours in a two-week period should not exceed 84 hours, he told a press briefing at the legislature. Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) said the CAA cited “fatigue management” as the reason for the planned change, but the shift would only help airlines legitimize prolonged working hours. Flight attendants attending the press conference said the proposed change not only disregards the health of flight attendants, it also ignores flight safety and passenger safety. Chang Ling-ti (張羚悌), a CAA flight standard section chief, said flight attendants’ opinions would be taken into account and that the agency would continue to communicate with them.
EVA, Guam entice couples
More than 800 couples have registered to compete for three free Guam wedding packages next month, a special offer to celebrate EVA Airways’ launch of passenger service to the Pacific island on June 18, the company said yesterday. The applicants will be interviewed tomorrow, when they will be asked to tell about how they met and decided to tie the knot. The three winning couples will be determined by how interesting their stories are, EVA officials said. The five-day, four-night packages are being offered in collaboration with a wedding company. Each package includes round-trip business class tickets, wedding gowns and suits, five-star hotel accommodation and a chapel ceremony, the officials said.
USDA bars Nebraska poultry
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has banned the export of all poultry and poultry products from Nebraska to Taiwan. Nebraskan poultry products loaded on a vessel on or after Monday are ineligible for export to Taiwan, the latest version of Export Requirements for Taiwan issued by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said. Those products loaded on or before Sunday were not affected. The requirements also ban any poultry sourced from birds hatched or raised in Canada from being exported to Taiwan. FSIS did not specify the reason for the change. FSIS had previously prohibited poultry from Missouri that were loaded on or after April 19 from being sent to Taiwan.
New Tamsui cruise planned
A new cruise route linking Huajiang Wharf in Banciao (板橋) with the left bank of the Tamsui River (淡水河) in Bali (八里) will be launched by the end of this year, New Taipei City (新北市) Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) said. Ecological parks will be built at both ends of the Erchong canal in Sanchong (三重) and Wugu (五股), while more bicyle routes will be constructed, he said. Chang Yen-kuang (張延光), director of the city’s Water Resources Department, said dredging projects are being implemented in the Tamsui River, Sindian River (新店溪) and Dahan River (大漢溪) ahead of the launch of the “blue way” tour from Huangjiang Wharf to Bali. Two more wharfs will be built next year at Liji (利濟) in Sinjhuang (新莊) and Chongyang (重陽) in Sanchong, Chang said.