Japan Airlines pilots, flight attendants call off planned strike

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  • Thursday, 18 Nov 2004

TOKYO (AP) - A group of labor unions at Japan's top airline company called off a planned one-day strike Thursday that would have affected about 18,000 passengers, officials said. 

The unions had planned a one-day walkout that would have forced Japan Airlines to cancel 155 of its 632 domestic flights, JAL spokesman Atsushi Abe said. 

Unions representing about 2,700 pilots and flight attendants told Tokyo-based JAL on Wednesday they would strike Thursday unless management met their demands for higher winter bonuses. 

But the JAL Flight Crew Union said in a statement they called off the strike because management offered to consider hiring an unspecified number of cabin attendants and taking other steps. 

"It is clear that the management may be forced to respond to strong demands from union members,'' the union said. 

Among union demands were an increase of cabin attendants to help them easily take paid-holidays, the release said. 

Also, union members have demanded a benchmark year-end bonus of 697,000 yen (US $6,702; euro5,145) for the average 27-year-old worker. 

Last week, JAL management offered to pay 510,000 yen (US $4,857; euro3,744.51) - or 27 percent less, the company has said. 

Japan Airlines Corp., a holding company, was set up in 2002 after merging JAL and Japan Air System Co. - AP

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