Unions step up pressure over PALEA aviation workers’ dispute

November 24, 2011

The campaign to support Filipino aviation workers sacked following the outsourcing of their jobs earlier this year has stepped up a gear.

Supporters of the workers, represented by the ITF-affiliated Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA), are calling on union members and the general public not to fly with Philippine Airlines (PAL) until management agrees to open negotiations with union representatives to put an end to the ongoing dispute, which has seen employees locked out.

PALEA wants all workers to be immediately reinstated pending the final judicial resolution on the outsourcing of jobs by PAL, which is now before the court.

International solidarity actions have been taking place throughout the dispute including pickets outside Philippine Embassies in various locations. Now faxes, emails and leaflets calling for a boycott of the airline are circulating between PALEA supporters.

ITF civil aviation section secretary Gabriel Mocho Rodriguez said: “The dispute between PALEA and PAL is long running and has had an untold impact on workers and their families. It is time for the airline to enter into good-faith negotiations with the union and recognise the strength of support for PALEA workers all over the world.”

For more details on the background to the dispute visit the dedicated ITF campaign website.

Find out how you can show your support for PALEA workers here.

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