Subscribe For Free Updates!

We'll not spam mate! We promise.


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Appeal of Support and Solidarity to Philippine Airlines' Workers and Employees, Pilots, Flight Attendants and Stewardess


Hindi lamang ang pagsolusyon sa pagkawala ng turismo at pagkawala ng kita ang dapat tingnan sa isyu ng Philippine Airlines. Dapat ding tingnan dito ang mas malalim na dahilang kung bakit nga ba nagsimula ang lahat ng ito.

Narito po ang isang mensahe mula sa DEFEND JOB PHILIPPINES ukol dito...

DEFEND JOB PHILIPPINES URGENT APPEAL OF SUPPORT AND SOLIDARITY STATEMENT TO THE WORKERS AND EMPLOYEES, PILOTS, FLIGHT ATTENDANTS AND STEWARDESS OF PHILIPPINE AIRLINES

AS THEY CONFRONT MASSIVE RETRENCHMENT, CONTRACTUALIZATION, COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT MORATORIUM & DEADLOCK, AGE, SEX AND GENDER DISCRIMINATION AND OTHER FORMS OF ATTACKS TO LABOR RIGHTS

We from different unions, organizations and individuals under the banner of Defend Job Philippines express our highest solidarity to the employees of Philippine Airlines who are directly affected and victimized by the labor flexibilization schemes of the Philippines Flag Carrier.

We condemn the:

a. Termination of more than 2600 ground employees of Philippine Airlines as a result of outsourcing, spin-off and further contractualization of PAL’s major departments such as Catering, Passenger Handling, Ramp Handling and Cargo Handling operations and other functions such as Information Technology, Revenue Accounting, Reservations and Call Centers, Medical and other Human Resource Operations.

b. Further contractualization of PAL’s skilled and premier pilots.

c. Bad faith acts of PAL management to the long overdue Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Flight Attendants and Stewardess Association that has already expired since 2007. Instead, a Discriminatory Compulsory Retirement Policy is being offered by the company: 40 years old for women and 45 for men. And different forms of Age and Gender Discrimination against PAL Flight attendants; penalization of pregnant flight attendant (leave without pay, maternity leave is deducted from the years of service. According to FASAP, this actually finds root in sexism on the basis of their aesthetic qualities; marketing flight attendants as sex objects rather than their capability to ensure flight safety and comfort.

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES WORKERS HAVE SUFFERED AND SACRIFICED MUCH.

a. On 1998, PAL retrenched more than 5000 workers out of 14 000 workers.

b. PAL has spun off the Maintenance and Engineering Department to a joint venture with the foreign owned Lufthansa Technik Philippines and Macro Asia Airport Services where many PAL employees were terminated and rehired as contractual employees in Lufthansa Technik and Macro Asia.

c. PAL used the 1997 financial crisis and has imposed 11 years of state mandated moratorium and no negotiations in the Collective Bargaining Agreement since 1998.

BARELY, THESE ARE BLATANT ATTACKS OF THE COMPANY AGAINST THE WORKERS AND EMPLOYEES OF PHILIPPINE AIRLINES. And indeed a classic example of intensification of exploitation against the workers.


PAL IS TRULY A FLAG CARRIER OF GLOBALIZATION. PAL Management is using the economic crisis to pass the brunt of the crisis to its workers and employees and systematically extract super profits and give way to the dictates of globalization that only serves for the greedy and selfish interest of the giant airline management headed by the country’s number 2 richest person, Chairman and CEO Mr. Lucio Tan. Lucio Tan’s income has increased from $1.5 billion to $ 1.7 billion on 2009 according to Forbes Asia Magazine. We believe that this is anti-worker, unjust and inhumane.

We deem that this is also another round of neglect of the Philippine government to the workers and employees of Philippine Airlines and of the Filipino people.

We firmly stand that Philippine Airlines as the country’s Flag Carrier should be owned and controlled by the government and serve for the interest of the Filipino people and not of the few. But the government has imposed globalization policies; privatization, liberalization, deregulation, contractualization, sub-contracting and other forms of labor flexibilization that is destructive to the workers and people.

We denounce any form of neglect of governments against workers and people. Hence, we must organize ourselves to fight and attain meaningful victories and pressure the government to act on behalf and for the benefit of the Filipino workers and people.

WE CRY AND DEMAND FOR JUSTICE. Thus, we call on the inflight and ground workers and employees of Philippine Airlines to stand firm, strengthen their ranks, defend their jobs and fight against unjust massive retrenchment and anti-worker labor flexibilization policies.

The situation of the workers of Philippine Airlines is not different from the situation of the workers of Triumph International Philippines, Intel Philippines, Amkor Anam, KFC and millions of workers of the world who were inhumanely retrenched and displaced because of the global economic crisis and are previously devastated by globalization as a whole. The global economic crisis and globalization is no less destructive and dangerous to workers’ lives, their children and families.

We also call on our friends, fellow workers and people inside and outside the Philippines to support the fight of the PAL workers and employees. Together, we shall oppose any attempts of many giant companies and the Philippine Government to pass the burden of the crisis to the working people.

Hand in hand and without let up, let us defend job. Let us fight for real and decent job and oppose contractualization that deprives job security and takes away dignity of work.

And finally, let us continue our struggle against globalization and struggle for meaningful social change and social justice that will truly give prosperity, peace and freedom for the workers and Filipino people. It is only in this path that our livelihood will be ensured, our rights and welfare will be safeguarded and our children’s and country’s future be guaranteed. ###

TAKE ACTION NOW! SUPPORT OUR CALLS:

1. Stop massive retrenchment of PAL workers and employees. Stop outsourcing/spin-off schemes. Stop Contractualization of Philipppine Airlines employees.

2. Stop discriminatory and Compulsory Retirement of PAL workers and employees.

3. Stop sexism and gender discrimation against PAL flight attendants.

4. Defend Job. Fight for Justice.

Send protest and appeal letters to Philippine Airline Management, Department of Labor and Employment and to President Noynoy Aquino.


Also Visit My Other Blogs
| Newz Around Us | Ordinary People, Ordinary Day |

Pagod Ka Na Bang Maging si Juan?
SOCIALIZE IT →
FOLLOW US →
SHARE IT →

0 comments: