The Philippine Airlines Employees Association (Palea) signed an agreement last week with the management of Philippine Airlines (PAL) that provides for the re-employment of some 600 members as regular workers.
In a private ceremony held on November 14, officers of PAL and Palea signed the agreement.
In a statement, Gerry Rivera, president of Palea said that, “Resistance saved Palea’s regular jobs. If we had accepted rather than fought the outsourcing scam implemented in 2011, then we would have become contractual workers trapped in an endless cycle of six-month endo [end of contract]jobs. Or worse, we would have become unemployed in this jobless growth economy. Instead we will be returning to our regular jobs in the next few months.”
The agreement provides for an improved separation package of 200 percent a year of service and P150,000 in gratuity pay for Palea members. Within three months, PAL shall process the applications for re-employment of Palea members who will be given priority for hiring in regular positions.
“We owe this hard-won victory to the steadfast fight of Palea members and the fervent solidarity of workers, community and Church groups both here and abroad. Palea’s victory is the victory of all workers,” Rivera said.