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04-30-2010 May 1 protest to highlight PAL layoff and wage hike PDF Print E-mail

Press Release
April 30, 2010

May 1 protest to highlight PAL layoff and wage hike

The mass layoff at Philippine Airlines (PAL) and the demand for a wage hike will highlight the May 1 protest motorcade tomorrow. The labor party list Partido ng Manggagawa will lead a motorcade of some 500 motorcycles dubbed “Sakbayan para sa Trabahong Regular at Dagdag Sahod.”

“Mass layoffs like in PAL just cancel out the thousands of new jobs that government boasts will be created in the Labor Day job fairs. The mass layoffs and the new jobs are just two faces of contractualization. Regular jobs are being destroyed and replaced by contractual work in which wages are cheaper, benefits are fewer and security of tenure is abolished,” declared Renato Magtubo, PM chairperson.

He also called on PAL to cancel the retrenchment planned for May 31. “The failure of elections that could result from a slowdown or paralysis of PAL’s operations is the responsibility of management since it provoked the labor dispute,” Magtubo argued. PM is supporting the fight of the PAL workers against spinoff and contractualization.

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04-23-2010 PAL union holds new protest vs. mass layoff of 3,000 workers PDF Print E-mail

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April 23, 2010

PAL union holds new protest vs. mass layoff of 3,000 workers

Philippine Airlines employees will hold a new motorcade today against the planned layoff of an estimated 3,000 employees by May 31. The motorcade will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Department of Labor and Employment office in Intramuros then proceed to the PAL Center at the PNB Compound along Diosdado Macapagal Ave., then move on to the PAL In Flight Center along Airport Road and then end at the Nichols terminal.

“The fight against mass layoffs in PAL continues,” declared Gerry Rivera, president of the PAL Employees Association (PALEA) and vice-chairperson of Partido ng Manggagawa (PM). The protests started last Monday with more than 200 employees participating in a motorcade of 100 motorcycles and cars.

“PAL is propagating the myth that the jobs to be spun off are non-core units. But how can passenger airlines function without ground crew that handles ticketing reservations, cargo handling and in flight catering? These are jobs that are essential to PAL’s smooth and safe operation, or in the language of the labor code, work that is necessary and desirable to the principal business of the company,” Rivera insisted.

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04-19-2010 PAL union hold motorcade vs. planned layoff of 3,000 employees PDF Print E-mail

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April 19, 2010

PAL union hold motorcade vs. planned layoff of 3,000 employees

Philippine Airlines (PAL) employees held a motorcade today in protest at a massive retrenchment to be implemented on May 31. An estimated 3,000 employees, more than half of the total PAL workforce, will be laid off due to the closure of the in flight catering services, airport services (which includes ground, cargo and ramp handling) and call center reservations including all support units.

The motorcade of some 40 cars and motorcycles started around 11:30 am at the PAL Center located at the PNB Compound along the Diosdado Macapagal Ave. in Pasay City. The motorcade moved on to Nichols airport terminal then onto the PAL In Flight Center (IFC) along Airport Road in Paranaque and finally ended at the Terminal 3 of the airport.

Gerry Rivera, newly elected president of the PAL Employees Association (PALEA) and vice-chairperson of the party-list Partido ng Manggagawa (PM), said that “Spinoff aims to outsource work to companies also owned by Lucio Tan where workers will be non-union and thus receive cheaper wages, fewer benefits and have no security of tenure. Regular workers will be retired and then rehired as contractuals. This has happened before when work was spun off to Lufthansa Technik and Macro Asia, in which Lucio Tan both had major interests. Employees retrenched from PAL because of the spinoff were employed by Macro Asia and Lufthansa Technik on new contracts.”

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02-27-2010 Militants win PAL union elections, vow to fight spinoff PDF Print E-mail

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February 27, 2010

Militants win PAL union elections, vow to fight spinoff

Militants won a landslide victory in the elections for the Philippine Airlines (PAL) ground crew union, 12 years after the controversial moratorium in the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) of 1998. Campaigning on a platform of defending job security, the militants will immediately face a challenge as PAL reportedly plans to spinoff departments and layoff employees this coming April.

“After 12 long years, PAL employees again have a union that will protect their rights and welfare, including job security,” exclaimed Gerry Rivera, who will assume on March 29 the position of president of the PAL Employees Association (PALEA), which is one of the biggest unions in the country with about 4,000 members.

Members of the labor party-list Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) won the top three national union positions and their local party called Sulong PALEANS cornered 13 of the 21-member union board. The elections were held last Thursday, February 25, but the ballots were only finally tallied last night with the winners proclaimed by the union Comelec and DOLE-NCR representatives.

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