Thursday, September 17, 2015

Media Advisory: Protest today at DOLE vs. PAL layoffs

Contact Manny Gan @ 09275307230

WHAT: PALEA to bring to the attention of DOLE the dispute over the mass layoff of 117 PAL workers

WHEN:  Today, September 18 (Friday), 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: DOLE main office, Intramuros

DETAILS: In the second week of protests against the latest round of mass layoffs at Philippine Airlines (PAL), the Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA) will hold a picket at the main office of the Department of Labor and Employment to bring to its attention the pending dispute. More than a week ago PAL announced the retrenchment in November of 117 employees all working at domestic airports all around the country.

PALEA will ask the DOLE to act on the mass layoff as it is empowered by the Labor Code to resolve cases of mass layoff that results in labor disputes.

Aside from opposing the latest retrenchment, PALEA is also calling for the opening of collective bargaining negotiation and the full implementation of a settlement agreement that ended the dispute over the last mass retrenchment in 2011.

No collective bargaining negotiation between PAL and PALEA has happened since 1998 when a 10-year CBA suspension was imposed. After a two-year fight, PALEA and PAL forged a deal to settle the labor dispute of 2011 yet some 600 retrenched members have not been re-employed as provided for in the agreement.

The mass actions are the start of a renewed campaign to oppose contractualization and outsourcing. It will continue on to PALEA’s 69th year anniversary on September 21 and then escalate in November in time for the APEC summit.

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