Dole’s decision on PAL to ‘massacre’ workers

A PARTY-LIST congressman yesterday condemned the Department of Labor and Employment’s (Dole) affirmation of the Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) outsourcing program that will displace almost 3,000 ground employees of the country’s premier flag carrier.

“Dole’s decision is unforgivable,” Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano said. “The agency that is duty-bound to protect workers’ job security practically massacred the employment of PAL employees.”

Mariano described the move of Dole as “a dangerous precedent in the airline industry.”

He also slammed the Aquino government for virtually giving “a go-signal to employers to implement massive contractualization of labor, indiscriminately violate of workers’ rights and disregard the Philippine Labor Code.”

Citing “management prerogative” as its argument, Dole rejected the motion for reconsideration filed by the PAL employees’ union and affirmed PAL management’s outsourcing program. D’Jay Lazaro


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