PNoy told to recall Dole’s decision on PAL workers

A MILITANT group yesterday urged President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III to recall the decision of the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) that allowed the Philippine Airlines (PAL) to retrench 2,600 of its workers.

In a press statement, the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) told the President that he must prioritize the collective interest of airline workers ahead of those of big business especially in times of economic and labor crises.

“The best thing Mr. Aquino can do is to issue an order stopping the labor department and PAL management from killing jobs and pave way for the takeover and nationalization of PAL operations,” the Pamalakaya vice chairperson Salvador France said.

Last Friday, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz issued a ruling that allowed for the laying off of regular workers in airport services, in-flight catering and call center reservation operations.

Baldoz affirmed the previous decision of then Secretary Romeo Lagman legalizing the outsourcing of these services, arguing that this was the prerogative of the management.

France said Aquino should fire Baldoz for the issuing the “anti-people, anti-labor” ruling.

“The massacre of the 2,600 jobs in PAL is one of the biggest crimes of the Aquino administration and the labor department,” the Pamalakaya official said.

The PAL management said it would have closed down if the layoff and outsourcing move were not allowed. The airline workers dismissed this as a blackmail and black propaganda.

Meanwhile, Pamalakaya suggested the quick state takeover and nationalization of PAL operations to prevent the massive loss of jobs.

The militant group said PAL can be of great service to the Filipino people if it will be oriented back to public mass transportation which offers affordable prices to the Filipino riding public.

The militant group said financing for the takeover and nationalization of PAL could come from funds which were itemized for foreign and local debt servicing. D’Jay Lazaro

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