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Strong Mass Actions, Not Just Legal Redress, Urged vs Labor Rights Violations in PAL Published on November 6, 2010

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Strong Mass Actions, Not Just Legal Redress, Urged vs Labor Rights Violations in PAL

Published on November 6, 2010
Many labor and partylist groups in the country view the labor department’s approval of PAL management’s outsourcing and retrenchment plan as a go-signal as well for an even more intensified contractualization of employment arrangements all over the country.
By MARYA SALAMAT
Bulatlat.com
Related Story: PAL A Flag-Carrier of Unprecedented Anti-Labor Rulings?
MANILA— “A con and a ruse”— that is how the progressive labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) called the Aquino regime’s proffered ‘legal redress’ to workers of Philippine Airlines (PAL). Mass lay-offs and lower-paying, insecure contractual work now await some 3,000 longtime workers as the labor department has given PAL management the go-signal to implement the airline’s outsourcing plans.

Many labor and partylist groups in the country view the labor department’s approval of PAL management’s outsourcing and retrenchment plan as a go-signal as well for an even more intensified contractualization of employment arrangements all over the country.

“To oppose this (mass lay-off) we hope our fellow unionists in PALEA would not allow themselves to be fooled into mainly relying on legal redress. This can take years and years and can easily be manipulated by the wealthy and influential PAL owner Lucio Tan,” Joselito Ustarez, vice-president of KMU, said in Filipino in a press conference Wednesday. He reiterated the labor center’s hope that PALEA would see that the way to resist this “flagrant attack on their rights to job security and living wage is through stronger mass actions.”


Interminable, Fruitless Legal Redress
PAL employees are not new to seeking legal redress. Flight attendants, for example, have bitterly learned that legal redress can take more than ten years, as theirs did before they won it in the Supreme Court. And yet, until now, 12 years later, the fruits of this legal battle are still out of their reach.

Implementation of the two Supreme Court decisions, one issued in 2008 and another in 2009, in favor of 1,400 illegally dismissed flight attendants, are still being snagged by yet another appeal from PAL management, said Andy Ortega, vice-president of PAL Flight Attendants and Stewards’ Union (FASAP)..... MORE

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