Throw eggs at me instead: China Airlines chairman

PROTEST: China Airlines flight attendants pelted as many as 500 eggs on its Taipei headquarters


    Oct 19, 2016

    Throw eggs at me instead: China Airlines chairman


    IN A letter to employees, China Airlines (CAL) chairman Ho Nuan-hsuan has implored staff to "be rational" and said he was watching out for the interests of both shareholders and employees.

    His appeal was made following a protest by flight attendants on Friday, during which as many as 500 eggs were smashed on its Taipei headquarters.

    They claimed management had failed to honour five of the seven pledges it made in a deal brokered earlier.

    "For many of you, it was your first time throwing eggs. While your facial expression showed joy after tossing out eggs, some were startled and ashamed to see the smeared company sign and the broken eggshell-littered ground (in the aftermath)."

    "I believe most flight attendants are good-natured," the chairman said, adding that he had trouble comprehending the intentions of the "instigators".

    Though ostensibly defending CAL's sustainable development, these "instigators" are doing the opposite of facilitating consensus between the company and its employees.

    They appear to focus their attention on "causing turmoil," Mr Ho noted.

    "My stance is very clear. I must keep in mind the trust of CAL's thousands of customers, CAL's sustainable development and the interests of its shareholders as well as company staff."

    "I would rather have the 500 eggs thrown at my body instead of at the sign," he said.

    Did these protesters think about the 12,000 other CAL employees who were bewildered by the pelting, he questioned.