Labor groups vow more protests vs PAL outsourcing


MANILA, Philippines—A coalition of labor groups against contractual employment on Thursday vowed to intensify protest actions against the management of Philippine Airlines and until President Benigno Aquino reverses his decision upholding the outsourcing of PAL workers.

“Protest has become the only available recourse for the workers who have to constantly resist the threat to jobs security and most especially their inherent human right to unionize and engage in Collective Bargaining Agreement to improve their plight,” said Josua Mata, co-convenor of Koalisyon Kontra sa Kontraktwalisasyon (Kontra) and Secretary General of Alliance of Progressive Labor.

Also on Thursday, members of the PAL employees association marked their 30th day of protest by holding a motorcade around the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and PAL offices.

The motorcade started at 10 a.m. at the Palea’s protest camp outside the In-Flight Center along Mia Road and then passed by PAL’s Nichols Gate 1 and 2, Terminal 3, Terminal 2, Terminal 1 and then ended at the PNB Building at Macapagal Avenue. A program was held at the PNB Building until 12 noon for a lunch break protest with employees there.

“On the 30th day of the forcible eviction of protesting Palea members from the airport and other offices, we remain strong in our resistance to the contractualization plan of PAL. PAL’s outsourcing scheme is a failure as shown by the continuing flight cancellations and delays,” said Gerry Rivera, Palea president and vice chair of Partido ng Manggagawa.

Palea also welcomed the support of the Migrant Forum in Asia which reportedly called for overseas Filipino workers to boycott PAL until it has heeded the demand of its workers to be accepted back to their regular jobs.

MFA is an Asia-wide network of migrant organizations, trade unions and advocates.

“We respect the boycott campaign of migrants and thank them for their support. Hopefully PAL will listen to the voice of its passengers,” Rivera said as he urged Aquino to stop using the OFWs as an alibi for his inaction on the labor dispute.

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  • David

    Thank a union for all the benefits that you enjoyed dickheads! Ang daming mga manggagawa ang namatay at pumatay dahil sa mga rights at privileges ninyo. Nakakainis minsan kung iisipin, ang pagiging greedy at profit-oriented ay nagiging norm na ng society. At ang pagprotekta sa interes ng manggagawa ay nababansagan na ring “greedy”. 

  • Anonymous

    Outsourcing has done nothing good to Phil. Air lines.! The Maintenance and Engineering Dept. was the first to be spin-offed and out sourced to Lufthansa Technique. this was supposed to handle the minor  and major maintenance checks of PAL aircraft. Look where PAL aircraft is currently maintained ,It is being maintained  right now in Singapore by the very people  who were outsourced and retrenched on the basis of company survival.It is not only a waste of locally grown skilled talent but also precious foreign exchange dollars.

  • Anonymous

    The Maintenance and Engineering department was a wise moved for outsourcing. Years back PAL used to hire top engineers from reputable engineering schools. They are trained in-house to the point that they learned so much that they should be send abroad for training. I have 4 schoolmates sent to Texas for further training on instrumentation….you know what happened…they all disappeared after training..nag TNT ang nga walanghiya!!….now… what happen sa investment ng PAL sa kanila? sa mga test equipment na binili para sa engineering and  maintenance group? PAL got fed up training people because they tend to quit eventually ..either they want to go overseas…or naka petition sa mga kamag anak…

    Outsourcing is always a business decision and nothing personal. 

  • Anonymous

    tigilan na ang walang katapusan na welga na yan. get a life! kung di kayo kuntento sa ginawa ng PAL eh di magtayo kayo ng sariling airline para makamit ang job security na pinaglalaban ninyo. tignan ko lang kung di nyo rin gawin ang ginawa ng PAL…

    • Anonymous

      Ipagdarasal ko rin na IKAW “Unions_Suck_Bigtime” ay matanggal at mawalan ka ng trabaho. Baka lumuwa din yang mata mong duling ng Bigtime. At by the way, sunog na sunog na kaluluwa mo sa impyerno…

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