Are the airline staff and crew Cebu Pacific airlines properly compensated?
Rep. Walden Bello of Akbayan party-list posed the question in light of the two mishaps that Cebu Pacific airplanes have been involved with for the last two weeks.
The first one was when an Cebu Pacific plane missed he runway in the Davao International Airport which stranded at least 5,000 people in two days. And just this Thursday, a Cebu Pacific Airbus A320 aircraft skidded to the right portion of the runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport which damaged five runway lights.
Bello noted that while the airline crew and ground staff are and hardworking, negligence and poor performance can happen as a result of low wages, minimum benefits and worse, ill-treatment from the management.
“How Cebu Pacific treats its workers certainly affects workers’ performance and the over-all conduct of their business. Most of the Cebu Pacific workers are not unionized,” Bello pointed out.
Bello cited that unions can push safety standard for workers and consumers, and unionized workplaces with active safety representatives are safer workplaces.
“Unions provide better services. Sadly, this is not the case in Cebu Pacific,” Bello added.
Llanesca T. Panti