Akbayan party-list representative Walden Bello cast doubts on the compensation of Cebu Pacific Airlines employees, after two of its planes have figured in consecutive runway mishaps.
Bello noted that while the airline crew and ground staff are dedicated and hardworking, negligence and poor performance could happen as a result of low wages, meager benefits, and worse, ill treatment from the management.
“How Cebu Pacific treats its workers certainly affects their workers’ performance and the overall conduct of their business. Most of the employees are not unionized,” he pointed out.
The representative added that unions could push safety standards for workers and consumers, making the workplace a safe environment.
“Unions provide better services. Sadly, this is not the case in Cebu Pacific,” Bello said.
On Thursday, Cebu Pacific Airbus A320 skidded on the runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), damaging five runway lights. This is the second accident after Cebu Pacific flight 5J-971 missed the runway at Davao International Airport on June 2, with at least 5,000 people stranded for two days.
Llanesca T. Panti