Press Release: PALEA says protest continues, vows fight not over

Press Release PALEA The Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA) declared that the protest against layoff and contractualization continues with some 400 Philippine Airlines (PAL) employees picketing the In-Flight Center along MIA Road near Terminal 2 of the Manila International Airport.  “The fight is not over. Yesterday PAL employees showed that they are solidly in defiance […]

September 28, 2011

Airline disputes are widening (Australia Asia Worker Links)

Workers at Qantas and at Philippine Airlines are stepping up their struggle against outsourcing. Baggage handlers in the Transport Workers Union struck on Tuesday of this week, to fight against the company’s plans to shed 1000 jobs, leading to cancellations and delays throughout the Qantas network. Qantas aircraft engineers covered by the Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association have announced they are stepping up strikes and bans from October 10. The key issue for both unions is guarantees of security of employment, in the face of Qantas management’s attempts to outsource jobs on reduced wages and conditions.

September 25, 2011

PALEA slams Philippine Airlines for employing scabs

The Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA) today slammed Philippine Airlines (PAL) for illegally employing “scabs” in its operations. Yesterday a commotion occurred at the Terminal 2 tarmac as PALEA members confronted personnel of MacroAsia, a Lucio Tan-owned service provider, who were operating PAL catering trucks and planning to service Japan-bound flights of PAL. PALEA members were able to convince the MacroAsia employees to leave but airport police later arrived to investigate the incident.

Arbitrator Sides with CAW on Pensions for New Hires at Air Canada

(Toronto)  The CAW has won the right to maintain the defined benefit pension plan for new hires at Air Canada, an arbitration ruling released Friday says. In the 62 page ruling, federal arbitrator Kevin Burkett rejected Air Canada’s demand to put new hires into a defined contribution pension plan with an inferior, more precarious benefit. Instead […]

September 23, 2011

MRO: Iberian maintenance providers plan for growth

The latest major change in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry on the Iberian Peninsula was the merger between Iberia Maintenance and British Airways’ technical arm, BA Engineering, when their parent carriers formed International Airlines Group (IAG) at the end of last year.

Qantas to scrap 28 flights, delay 27 – Move follows plans by ground staff to strike this week due to stalled pay talks (The Singapore Business Times)

(SYDNEY) Australian carrier Qantas will cancel 28 flights and delay a further 27 due to a ground staff strike this week that would affect more than 6,000 passengers.

September 20, 2011

Air Canada flight attendants creating a wave east to west/Negotiations at Air Canada: No deal yet

Less than 24 hours before a possible strike, the Air Canada flight attendants will rally in solidarity across the country, from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, this Tuesday September 20.

Aviation affiliates urged to speak out for dismissed Gulf Air workers

Aviation unions worldwide are being urged to show their support for the 
Bahrain based Gulf Air workers who remain unemployed 5 months after being controversially dismissed. Management has so far refused to negotiate with the 217 workers and has never provided a satisfactory reason for the termination of their employment back in April. The ITF […]

September 16, 2011