JAL, ANA pilots threaten strike

Bosses of Japan’s two largest airlines are negotiating with a pilot labour union to try and halt a planned 24-hour strike over pay and other labor issues. The strike, scheduled for Thursday, will not affect any international flights, according to Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways according to The Associated press news agency.

But 21 percent of JAL’s domestic flights could be cancelled, affecting nearly 15,000 passengers, according to spokesman Hirokazu Inoue who spoke to The Associated Press.

Four unions made up of 1,000 pilots, have jointly threatened to walk out starting midnight Wednesday, he said.

The unions are demanding a uniform monthly pay raise of $85 per pilot, Inoue said.

A group of four labour unions at ANA made up of over 1,500 pilots, have also threatened to launch a similar strike, ANA spokeswoman Mariko Matsuoka told AP.

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If the ANA labor unions walk out, 53 percent of its domestic flights scheduled for Thursday will be canceled, grounding nearly 59,000 passengers, Matsuoka said.
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