Monday, October 4, 2010

Militant workers won’t dance to anti-women gimmickry

Press Statement
4 October 2010

While the Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines (FASAP) continue to battle with the Philippine Airlines (PAL) management against discriminating female flight attendants, here comes Cebu Pacific Airlines with dancing female flight crew in the skies.

On numerous occasions and opportunities, FASAP has explained that flight attendants and stewards are safety personnel rather than on-board entertainers. The Philippine Commission on Women has also denounced PAL’s discriminatory policies against female attendants, including the 40-year old retirement age.

The Partido ng Manggagawa (PM), whether female flight attendants of Cebu Pacific agrees or not with dancing as part of their job, denounces this “gimmick” of the airline for the purpose of attracting more passengers, especially male passengers.

This is not only a cheap strategy but totally anti-women. It is akin to noontime television shows’ use of women’s body to attract more viewers and advertisements for profit.

It is unfortunate that business people would do everything to advance its technology but would hold on to archaic views and treatment of women workers for the sake of competition and bigger revenues.

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