Trade Union Congress of the Philippines president, Democrito Mendoza, lauded the forging of final agreement between the Philippine Airlines Employees Association and the new management of the Philippine Airlines after more than two years of labor dispute, a press release from TUCP said.
The final agreement that reinstates all union members back to PAL, will be signed by the two parties tomorrow at the Terminal 2 building.
Mendoza commended the Philippine Airlines management led by its president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang in pursuing the humane solution to the dispute with its workers, the press release said.
The dispute began when previous PAL management decided in 2010 to shut down three non-core departments including the airline’s airport services division, in-flight catering and call-center reservations after these are outsourced, laying off 2,604 employees, the press release said.
With the management refusing to bargain, PALEA staged a strike in April 2011 and erected a makeshift camp along airport road near the PAL terminal symbolizing union’s unmet grievances.
Formal negotiations started in December 2012 after San Miguel Corporation bought half of the airline, took management control, and embarked on a re-fleeting program with settling the dispute among the new management’s main prerogatives, the press release said.*