PAL calls to resolve CAAP labor issue

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Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) expressed optimism that the brewing labor unrest involving the employees’ union of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) would have a peaceful and immediate resolution. PAL President and COO Jaime Bautista, however, warned that a long-drawn conflict between CAAP labor and management on the issue of salaries/bonuses and protest actions, albeit peaceful, will paint a negative picture of the country’s aviation industry. CAAP employees last week held a nationwide protest rally to dramatize their plight over the recent suspension of their salary increases and bonuses, specifically for technical staff. Air traffic controllers and other staff simultaneously unfurled black banners bearing the distress call ‘mayday, mayday’ from all the towers in the country’s CAAP-controlled airports. About 3,500 CAAP regular workers, mostly technical personnel, are involved in air traffic management. CAAP has 81 airports nationwide, 44 of them handling commercial operations.

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