Passengers of Philippine Airlines should now be
able to confidently firm up their travel plans after the
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) assumed jurisdiction
over the flag carrier’s labor dispute with its cabin crew union.
“Labor secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said in a
radio interview that she will assume jurisdiction of the PAL labour
case. An assumption order has the force and effect of a status quo
order which means that FASAP (Flight Attendants’ and Stewards’
Association of the Philippines) cannot stage a strike or work
stoppage while the labor case is being adjudicated,” said PAL
spokesperson, Cielo Villaluna.
At the same time, she
said PAL management is also enjoined by the order from performing
any act that could disturb prevailing conditions.
“Philippine Airlines is grateful to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz for putting public interest ahead of any particular group.
FASAP’s repeated strike threats is a cause of grave concern for
PAL passengers whose travel plans are being unfairly disrupted,”
Villaluna said. “Now FASAP is banned from staging a strike
or any work stoppage, our passengers are assured of unhampered
operations. We advise them to book early for their flights
especially for the coming semestral break and All Saints/Souls Day
As the labor case is submitted for
arbitration, PAL and FASAP will submit their respective position
papers on three pending issues – economic package (or wage
increase), retirement age and maternity/pregnancy-related benefits
– for resolution by the labor secretary.
“We hope Secretary Baldoz would be able to judiciously resolve the contentious issues
soonest so that PAL can operate smoothly and efficiently without
threats of any work stoppage that unnecessarily scares away
customers and investors,” Villaluna added.
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