MANILA, March 27, 2011—The militant labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) condemned the decision of President Benigno C. Aquino administration on the labor case of the Philippine Airlines (PAL), Asia’s first commercial airline, favoring the management’s decision to retrench their regular workers in lieu of outsourcing some of the airlines’ line of work.
KMU said in a statement that the government’s decision is a “clear proof that he is a stooge of business tycoon Lucio Tan, a champion of contractualization, and an ally of big capitalists in union-busting drives.”
KMU furthered that notwithstanding the 100 per cent gratuity pay that has been given to the retrenched workers cannot sweeten the bitter pill of losing their jobs.
“President Aquino’s decision further validates our analysis that his assumption of jurisdiction over the labor dispute in PAL was really meant to prevent a worker’s strike in the country’s flag carrier during the airline industry’s peak season – which could have forced Lucio Tan to accede to the workers’ just demands,” KMU said.
KMU also stressed that based on their own study, PAL never suffered from financial loss and that the spin-off and outsourcing schemes are but part of Lucio Tan’s agenda of raking super-profits.
Nevertheless, the KMU will support whatever steps the PAL employees will undertake in the coming days.