Losing Jobs at Philippine Airlines PAL

Around 300 Philippine Airlines (PAL) employees in the Mactan-Cebu International Airport will lose their jobs if the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will not reverse its decision to allow the company to outsource some services, a union official said.

”The decision violates the collective bargaining agreement entered into by PAL and the union. Under the agreement, PAL management should not outsource or contract out services,” Ted Bulambot, board member for the Cebu station of the PAL Employees’ Association (PALEA) said.

He said the union intends to bring the case all the way to the Supreme Court.

PALEA filed last Friday a second notice of strike.

But the management, said it was “nothing but a union strategy to delay implementation of the flag carrier’s spin-off program.”

Passengers have no reason to be alarmed, said PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna.

”A strike is not likely to happen anytime soon as the Dole views PAL’s continued operations as imbued with national interest,” she said.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz recently decided to allow PAL to outsource in-flight catering services, call center reservations and airport services including ground handling, cargo terminal/cargo handling and ramp; handling.

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