11 November 2010
The Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA) will be asking President Noynoy Aquino to suspend the implementation of Baldoz’s order that allows the outsourcing of PAL non-core functions and the contractualization of its regular employees.
PALEA President Gerry Rivera made the annoucement as they plan to make a formal appeal to the President tomorrow in Malacanang.
Tomorrow, members of PALEA, Partido ng Manggagawa and Koalisyon Laban sa Kontraktwalisasyon (KONTRA) will hold a motorcade from the PAL headquarters in Pasay City to the Department of Labor and Employment Building in Intramuros before proceeding to Mendiola to submit PALEA’s appeal to the Office of the President.
“We believe that the President has the powers to suspend the implementation of any executive decision including assailed decisions of his cabinet secretaries,” Rivera said in a statement sent to media.
Rivera said the Baldoz decision is indisputably an unjust decision as manifested in the strong and unified opposition to it by all of the country’s organized labor groups. Organized labor groups, Rivera added, have also called on President Aquino to intervene in the PAL dispute during a joint press conference held on Monday.
Aside from suspension, PALEA is also asking the President to facilitate a fair and equitable resolution of this conflict without trampling upon the rights of labor which are guaranteed by the Constitution and international conventions.
Rivera also announced that PALEA members would conduct a strike vote next week to prepare their ranks against any move by the management to recklessly implement the retrenchment order.