‘Dispute to worsen if PAL retires more attendants’

THE Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines (FASAP) warned Saturday Philippine Airlines (PAL) to stop trimming down flight attendants, otherwise the labor dispute will definitely worsen.

FASAP expressed disappointment over the latest court decision on Friday that gave the flag carrier a free hand to retire its eight flight attendants at age 55 on January 16, 2011.

Andy Ortega, FASAP vice president, said in a statement it would be misleading when PAL said that there is no more legal obstacle to retire the FASAP members at age 55 after Makati Regional Trial Court Judge Oscar Pimentel lifted the injunction of the case filed by senior flight attendants.

The following flight pursers that have been affected by retirement age of 55 are Yvette Grant, Vina Sanchez, Cora Mislang, Irma Bituin, Cristina Mendoza, Evangeline Bocobo, Mooning Noel and Maria Afable.

Ortega further said FASAP immediately filed on Friday an Urgent Motion before the office of the Labor secretary to ask for a status quo order to stop PAL from retiring FASAP members.

“If PAL is not stopped, the labor dispute will definitely worsen,” Ortega warned.

He said the court ruling defied an order from the Department of Labor and Employment last December that the retirement age of all PAL flight attendants must be 60 years old. PNA

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