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PAL union wants to talk to new owner

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MANILA, Philippines—The ground crew union of Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Saturday urged the flag carrier’s new management to reinstate some 2,600 workers that were laid off last year.

In a manifestation filed in the Court of Appeals, the Philippine Airlines Employees Association (Palea) said it was willing to participate in new mediation talks to settle the long-running and bitter labor dispute.

San Miguel Corp., the country’s biggest food and beverage conglomerate, last week took over management of the beleaguered flag carrier from the Lucio Tan group after a $500 million buy-in that gave SMC 49 percent of PAL Holdings.

“The new management of PAL should recognize that the solution to the flag carrier’s woes involves not only the refleeting of its aging aircraft but more so the reinstatement of its skilled regular workers,” said Gerry Rivera, Palea president.

In a resolution on March 27, the appellate court’s 10th Division asked the parties in the labor dispute if they were willing to have the case referred to the Philippine Mediation Center-Court of Appeals for “a final opportunity to explore the possibility of coming up with an amicable settlement of their dispute.”

The tribunal gave the parties 10 days from receipt of the resolution to file their manifestations.

“Palea considers the CA’s mediation offer as an opening to end the labor row,” said Rivera.

Palea members have been picketing PAL offices for more than six months. Earlier, Malacañang and the Department of Labor and Employment had approved the PAL management’s retrenchment move.

“The resolution further spurs us to continue the protest actions until we have finally won our demands,” Rivera said. With a report from Tina G. Santos


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  • akramgolteb

    Salvage na lang ng SMC ang mga pasimuno ng union na yan.

  • turin55555

    Salvage means to save. Is that what you mean? Or, do you mean what the bobo tv news reporters’ definition of salvage is which is to summarily kill?

  • diverme

    They want to talk to the new owner but the new owner does not want to talk to them

  • tonto_ka

    it is management’s prerogative to retrench its employees in order to be economically viable…it is a fact either we like it or not..moreover, those people are offered to work back as a contractual after a hefty sum of separation benefits…although not all will be accommodated because the contractor does not need aging people …

  • $16638896

    kalokohan yan! pag ginawa un ng smc eh di para silang kumuha ng bato na ipupukpok sa ulo nila hehe

  • DarkSideOfTheMoon2

    so again..the union is now telling the new owners how to run its business????

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VZFTTKSUKWKKWF65TG5TRRZLDQ Joel

    Hehehehe!!! Humihirit pa ang PALEA. Si Ka Gerry talaga oh.

  • carlcid

    The outcast camel wants to get its nose back inside the tent. Kalokohan ‘yan. PALEA has nothing to contribute. It will only ask for concessions.

  • Keith_P

    Tip to SMC and PAL: Do away with these labor unions and hire Iglesia Ni Cristo members as your workers. INCs will not mount a strike or fight against your management no matter how crappy you treat them. As long as they are employed and are at least receiving a salary which they can use to contribute to their church’s coffers, they will be content. Win-win for everyone.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GUZISWUMVDD5QJUC7GBJKEM7XA prangka

      You’re more prangka than I am. ha ha ha

  • white scorpion

    mr rivera, do you honestly believe the pal new management will sympathize with your cause? after what you’ve done. no management in their right mind would sympathize with you. you guys must realize this early no owner will take in abusive and arrogant employees. and try to find your future somewhere else. mag-business na lang kayo. so you guys will learn the ups and downs of business.



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