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PAL employees
to stage strike

Majority of the members of the Philippine Airlines Employees Association agreed to hold a strike to push for the stalled collective bargaining agreement negotiations.

PALEA vice president Alnem Pretencio, in an interview, said that preliminary results from the strike vote conducted Wednesday show that 96.44 percent of Manila-based PAL employees voted “yes” to a strike.

He said the NCR results show a significant figure in determining the pulse of PALEA members since at least 75 percent of employees are Manila-based.

While results from outlying areas are still to be submitted, Pretencio said results from Visayas and Mindanao are most likely, the same as the NCR results.

Pretencio said results of the strike vote will be submitted to the Department of Labor and Employment Friday morning at the conciliation conference between PAL management and PALEA.

The latest labor row between PALEA and PAL stemmed from failure of the management to submit a CBA counterproposal. PAL has suspended the CBA for almost 13 years.*PNA



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