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JTA Pilots, Stewardesses Go on Strike

Date Posted: 2000-03-17

Pilots and stewardesses of the Japan Trans Ocean Airlines (JTA) that mainly flies routes between the various Okinawan islands went on a one-day strike, Tuesday in order to push the company management to speed up on-going negotiations over pay and working conditions in the company. The union accuses the management of dragging their feet.

The strike stopped 19 inter-island and six flights between mainland destinations and Okinawa, and 11 flights were delayed. The company flew some routes with the company executives taking the helm and transferring passengers to other airlines. All in all, the company estimated that 1,250 passengers were affected by the strike.

The union went on strike after the answer to its grievances over pay and conditions failed to satisfy union demands. The union will decide on further actions thisThursday after the strike.

The management sees things differently. “We are in the court with the union about these matters, and we cannot answer them before the decision is handed down,” a company spokesman said, adding that the company is “always willing to discuss any matter with the union.”

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