Hold on, PAL workers tell management | Inquirer News

Hold on, PAL workers tell management

03:46 AM August 21, 2011

The Philippine Airlines Employees Association (Palea) on Saturday warned the airline’s management against “prematurely implementing” the retrenchment of more than 2,600 workers.

In a statement, Palea said Malacañang’s approval of the retrenchment plan was not yet executory, adding that it would seek redress from the Court of Appeals.

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“Palea will act accordingly to defend the jobs and future of PAL employees should management make the mistake of hastily laying off workers,” said Gerry Rivera, Palea president and vice chair of Partido ng Manggagawa.

The union also dismissed Malacañang’s appeal to the union not to paralyze PAL operations with a strike.

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“Why is P-Noy (President Aquino) so concerned that PAL’s profitable operations go unhampered but is so unconcerned about thousands of workers losing their regular jobs?” Rivera said.

Palea said it would file a petition in the Court of Appeals while protests by PAL employees and their allies would continue.

“We are ready to defend our jobs and the union if PAL does not back down on forcing employees to accept the retrenchment plan. We call on Palea members to be ready to act on a moment’s notice. Palea members would rather die standing than be killed on our knees,” Rivera said.

Malacañang on Saturday defended its decision affirming Philippine Airlines’ cutting of 2,600 jobs and subcontracting the work to cut costs.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte was reacting to a remark by Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo who was quoted as saying that the government showed an insensitivity to the plight of the flag carrier’s employees.

“It’s not a function of sensitivity, it’s a matter of what was presented in the proceedings and the evidence that was adduced. It’s not because we are antipoor or antiworker. That was not the situation,” Valte said over government radio dzRB. Philip C. Tubeza and Norman Bordadora

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