Labor group wants PAL's outsourcing plan discussed in bargaining talks

MANILA -- A militant labor group on Tuesday said the controversial outsourcing plan of the Philippine Airlines (PAL) must be included in its stalled collective bargaining negotiations with its workers.

Renato Magtubo, chairperson of the Partido ng Manggagawa (PM), said PAL should include the outsourcing plan in its bilateral talks with its employees instead of unilaterally imposing it.

For his proposal to take effect, Magtubo said the government must exert "moral suasion" on PAL to subject the outsourcing plan to collective bargaining agreement (CBA) negotiations.

PAL, however, repeatedly said that CBA negotiations can move independent of the labor dispute on the outsourcing plan.

In 1998, Palea acceded to a 10-year suspension of its pay agreement with PAL as part of the company’s financial rehabilitation plan.

The company successfully implemented its revitalization efforts in 2007, only to be snapped by the weakening of the global aviation industry a year later.

Meanwhile, Palea president Gerry Rivera said that they are preparing for more protests this week even as their lawyers are finalizing the petition to be filed at the Court of Appeals.

The union insisted that the Palace ruling allowing the layoff of 2,600 workers is not yet executory pending a final judicial resolution of the case.

On Monday, Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Manuel Roxas II called on PAL to setup contingency plans for a work stoppage at the flag carrier. (Sunnex)

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