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[Press Release] PALEA press for suspension of prosecutor, dismissal of case

PALEA press for suspension of prosecutor, dismissal of case

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The Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA) called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to immediately suspend assistant Diosdado Solidum Jr. and to dismiss the case against its 241 members. Solidum was arrested in an entrapment operation Thursday night for extorting P2.5 million from PALEA members in return for the dropping of charges for violation of Section 81 of the Civil Aviation Authority Act (CAAA).

“The arrest of Solidum is but a small step in our quest for justice. We hope that it will pave the way for the dismissal of the harassment case against PALEA. The protest PALEA launched against outsourcing in September 27, 2011 in our workplace was a Constitutionally-guaranteed right to seek redress of grievances and does not fall under the provisions of the CAAA which concerns disruption and destruction of airport services and facilities,” declared Gerry Rivera, PALEA president and vice chair of Partido ng Manggagawa.

Rivera added that “PALEA will fight all lawbreakers whether in barongs or in suits. PALEA members are victims of injustice not once but twice. First, some 2,000 workers were retrenched in a failed outsourcing scam and 241 members were charged in court for protesting. Then prosecutor Solidum tried to extort from retrenched and jobless workers,”

PALEA hailed DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima for authorizing the entrapment operation. “We need more de Limas and less Solidums in government if workers are to have a chance at attaining some measure of justice in this system. Truly the wheels of justice turn slow for workers but the arrest of Solidum should send a signal to all that the labor movement will fight to win.” Rivera ended.

PALEA and the new management of Philippine Airlines (PAL) under the San Miguel group are still in negotiations over the union’s demand for the return of retrenched workers to their regular jobs. Meanwhile the union continues to garner support as the European Transport Workers Federation (ETF) welcomed the talks between PAL and PALEA to settle the long-running dispute.

In a statement released in mid-July after the announcement of the lifting of the European Union ban on PAL flights to the continent (http://www.itfglobal.org/news-online/index.cfm/newsdetail/9299), the ETF urged PAL to “come to a full and fair settlement.”

Further, delegates to the June 2013 Asia Pacific conference of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) restated their solidarity with PALEA. ITF civil aviation secretary Gabriel Mocho promised the full support of all affiliates to use whatever legal means necessary to ensure justice for PALEA. 

Press Release
August 10, 2013
PALEA
Contact Gerry Rivera @ 09157755073

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[Press Release] Workers hold Valentine’s Day protest for reinstatement of PAL workers -PALEA

Workers hold Valentine’s Day protest for reinstatement of PAL workers

PALEA logoMembers of the labor coalition Nagkaisa and the Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA) held a Valentine’s Day rally at the headquarters of San Miguel Corp. (SMC) and called for the reinstatement of Philippine Airlines (PAL) workers back to their regular jobs. The rallyists dubbed their action as “Harana para sa mga puso” as it appealed to the new PAL management from the SMC group for a resolution to the long-running labor dispute.

“On this day of hearts, we knock on the hearts of the new PAL management to heed the demand for reinstatement. This is already the second Valentine’s Day of PALEA members on the picketlines and we are no less determined to continue fighting until we are able to return to our regular jobs,” said Gerry Rivera, PALEA president and vice chair of Partido ng Manggagawa (PM).

Hundreds of Nagkaisa and PALEA members assembled at the Podium around 9:30 am before proceeding to the nearby SMC headquarters at the Ortigas CBD. The Valentine’s Day protest followed a series of mass actions since October last year at the SMC headquarters. The protests led to the renewal of negotiations between PALEA and the new PAL management which is still ongoing.

Meanwhile the PALEA and PM contingent in the Valentine’s Day rally also bannered the demand “Manggagawa Naman!” as a challenge to senatorial candidates to put the concerns of labor on their platform. The protection of job security and promotion of regular jobs is a major concern of the workers in this election, Today’s rally is a continuation of labor’s campaign around issues for the duration of the electoral season.

“We challenge the senator wannabes to make workers issues part of their agenda. If our so-called democracy is not just all form but has some substance, then the demands of the majority of the voters—which is the working class—must be heeded by the candidates,” asserted Rivera.

The “Mangggawa Naman” movement is pushing for a set of demands which they call “Apat na Dapat”:

1. Regular jobs
2. Affordable housing
3. Health and education for all
4. Cheap food, electricity and water.

The “Manggagawa Naman” movement had kickoff activity in the early evening of February 8 when some 300 workers marched with torches ablaze around the airport area while carrying streamers and banners of their “Apat na Dapat” demands.

Press Release
February 14, 2013
Contact Alnem Pretencio @ 09209543634

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[Press Release] PALEA slams arrest warrants on 39 members

PALEA slams arrest warrants on 39 members

The Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA) slammed a Pasay judge for an order to issue warrants of arrests against 39 of its members. The arrest warrants arose from a case of grave coercion filed by Philippine Airlines (PAL) management. “On October 29, 2011, hired goons attacked the PALEA protest camp and then PAL management tried to turn tables by filing trumped up charges against active union members. This harassment case is meant to pressure PALEA members to surrender our fight for regular jobs,” declared Gerry Rivera, PALEA president and vice chair of Partido ng Manggagawa.

Last August 15, Judge Bibiano Colasito of the Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 44 ordered that warrants of arrests be issued after a finding of probable cause. Rivera vowed that PALEA will not give up its fight and instead challenge the decision of the court. “This issue proceeds from the labor dispute between PAL and PALEA, and thus before any civil court intervenes it must first secure a clearance from the Department of Labor and Employment or the Department of Justice which did not happen in this case,” he clarified.

In the October 29 incident, half of the protest camp was torn down, a PALEA member was severely injured in the face by an attacker and one of the goons by the name of Johnny dela Cruz from Malabon was caught but later released by the police.

“In the course of almost one year of unwavering protest against outsourcing, it is clear that there will be no industrial peace at PAL without justice for its workers. Even the new PAL CEO Ramon Ang has recognized it after hearing PAL employees who spoke at the annual stockholders meeting last August 31. Ang responded that management will talk to PALEA to find a solution to the labor dispute,” Rivera said.

He also announced that big mobilizations will be held on September 27, the first anniversary of PALEA’s airport protest against outsourcing. Rallies will be held in Manila and Cebu while actions will also be staged by airline and other unions in Sydney and Melbourne, Istanbul in Turkey, San Francisco in the USA, Toronto and Vancouver in Canada, Lahore in Pakistan and other countries. The September protests are billed as a global day of action for airline workers to highlight the campaign against outsourcing and for workers rights in the aviation industry.

Apart from the grave coercion rap, 234 PALEA members including the top leaders are facing another case due to the September 27, 2011 protest at the Manila International Airport. PAL filed the case for alleged violation of RA 9497 or the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Law, specifically Section 81 (b) (5) which sanctions “any person who destroys or seriously damages the facilities of an airport or disrupts the services of an airport.”

Rivera added that the decision has a chilling effect on labor relations and is a clear and present danger to workers rights. “Labor protests will then be banned in the aviation industry with workers penalized by both imprisonment and fine in violation of constitutionally guaranteed rights. This will be a grave precedent and new special laws can then be enacted to deny workers the freedoms of assembly, expression, self-organization and strike,” he explained.

He explained that “The decision is void of any legal basis as no damages were committed to airport facilities. The CAAP Law is also explicit in providing that ‘only the Director General’ can file the appropriate charges and not the PAL Vice-President of the Airport Services as in this case.” Despite the finding of probable cause by another Pasay court for the CAAP Law case, warrants of arrest have apparently been stayed by petitions for review filed by PALEA.

Press Release
September 6, 2012
PALEA
Contact Gerry Rivera @ 09157755073

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[Press Release] P-Noy’s pro-labor pitch tagged as “Noy-ngaling” by labor party -PM

P-Noy’s pro-labor pitch tagged as “Noy-ngaling” by labor party

President Benigno Aquino II got another jab from militant groups after his speech at the Anvil Business Club last Friday about protecting workers interests. The Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) slammed as a brazen lie President Benigno Aqunio III’s declaration to business leaders that the workers welfare is paramount.

“President Aquino is a Noy-ngaling. There is a huge disconnect between his words and deeds regarding workers’ interests. If PNoy is not a Noy-ngaling then how come 2,400 Philippine Airlines (PAL) employees have been sacrificed by the Office of the President and the Labor Department on the altar of contractualization,” declared Renato Magtubo, PM chair.

PM insisted that Aquino had his litmus test with the labor dispute at PAL but failed miserably. “Workers’ new found love for workers is a casual affair no different from his usual relationships. PNoy’s love for workers will not last five months like the widespread contractual contracts that afflict laborers everywhere,” Magtubo added.

Nonetheless PM challenged Aquino to order the National Wages and Productivity Commission to act on the wage petitions, and certify the bills on legislated wage and security of tenure at Congress.

For the coming Labor Day celebrations, PM and allied groups such as the Philippine Airlines Employees Association are launching a campaign for labor justice they have dubbed “Love your workers” in a jab at the “Love your PAL” advertising campaign of the national flag carrier.

“Workers demand reforms beyond the prosecution of Gloria and the impeachment of Corona. The graft ridden National Labor Relations Commission, the Department of Labor and Employment and the National Mediation and Conciliation Board must be cleansed. The policies of liberalization, deregulation and privatization that have led to thousands of closures and layoffs, and collapse of industry and agriculture must be rolled back,” Magtubo explained. ###

Press Release
March 18, 2012
Partido ng Manggagawa
Contact Renato Magtubo @ 09178532905

[Press Release] Women workers launch kick-off march for International Women’s Day celebration -PM

Women workers launch kick-off march for International Women’s Day celebration

Women members of the Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA) joined by Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) held a rally at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Intramuros, Manila to assail the agency’s connivance in the suppression of women workers rights. The protesters will bring female paper dolls with the necks in a noose to highlight the plight of women workers under the present government.

Among the rallyists will be breadwinners, single mothers and widows who are all facing extreme difficulties as PALEA enters its sixth month of a lockout by the Lucio Tan-owned Philippine Airlines (PAL).

“This is our kickoff activity to celebrate March 8, International Women’s Day (IWD),” said Arlene Ladimo of PALEA Women’s Committee. “The DOLE twice affirmed the outsourcing plan of PAL despite its P3 billion profit belieing its claims of losses. After the mass layoff, now going on six months, we have been facing extreme difficulties i.e., sustaining the education of our children, food expenses, water and electricity bills, etc., etc. This is especially tough for us, women, who are single mothers, widows and breadwinners,” Ms. Ladimo explained.

“But, of course, despite the hardship, we will not give up. We will not give up our rights as workers and as women, we will never give up the future of our kids. We are not alone in this fight. We are well aware that we face the same situation together with millions of Filipino women–facing unemployment problems, high prices and lack of social services,” added Ms. Ladimo.

“Nakikiisa kami sa laban ng PALEA women gaya ng pakikiisa namin sa laban ng kababaihang manggagawa at maralita. In this year’s celebration of Women’s Day, our demands are ‘Trabaho para sa Kababaihan!,’ ‘Ibaba presyo ng pangunahing bilihin!’ and ‘Dagdagan ang badyet sa pampublikong serbisyo!,’” explained PM Secretary General Judy Ann Miranda.

After the rally, several of the PALEA members attended the hearing at the DOLE regarding their illegal suspension by Philippine Airlines for supporting the union picketline.

On Wednesday women members of PALEA and PM will join a march for economic and labor justice that will proceed from UST to Mendiola in Manila. On March 8, PALEA and PM will have another mass action to commemorate International Women’s Day as part of the global activities by women’s groups.

PRESS RELEASE
PALEA Women’s Committee
5 March 2012
Contact Judy Ann Miranda @ 09228677522

 

[Press Release] PALEA calls on senators to hear PAL testimony

The Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA) called on the senators sitting as judges in the impeachement trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona to reconsider and hear the testimony of Philippine Airlines (PAL) management. PALEA also defended its lawyer, Atty. Marlon Manuel, for appearing as a private prosecutor in the trial. “We call on any of the senators who does not have a platinum card in his or her wallet to stand up for truth and move that PAL testify regarding the privileges given to CJ Corona and his wife,” said Gerry Rivera, PALEA president and vice chair of Partido ng Manggagawa.

Meanwhile more than a hundred PALEA members trooped this morning to the Department of Agrarian Reform national office in Quezon City to support scores of peasant leaders who are calling for the resolution of land reform cases, including the distribution of Hacienda Luisita. “It is the alliance of the 99%, the workers and the farmers, which will usher in change in our society that has been made rotten by the corruption and greed of the 1%,” explained Rivera.

He also insisted that the testimony of PAL VP for Sales, Enrique Javier, is relevant in Article 3 of the impeachment complaint since “The platinum card is directly related to the Pilato-num decision of the Supreme Court on the Flight Attendants and Stewards Association (FASAP) case.” Two weeks ago, PALEA had already challenged PAL to appear at the impeachment trial after FASAP president Roberto Anduiza accused CJ Corona of influencing the Supreme Court.

In reply to the House minority’s criticism of Atty. Manuel’s appearance as a private prosecutor, Rivera clarified that PALEA has no “axe to grind” and “vested interest” in ousting CJ Corona since their case against PAL’s outsourcing plan is pending at the Court of Appeals not the Supreme Court. “Rep. Danilo Suarez should get his facts right before he speaks. He might be accused of being one of the government officials given platinum cards, as defense lawyers have declared. Within PAL, it is said that only those who are FOB’s or friends of the boss receive a platinum card as a gift,” Rivera argued.

PALEA has previously staged rallies at the impeachment trial and called for “Reforms beyond Gloria and Corona.” Rivera averrred that “Corona and PNoy may be fighting over the fate of Gloria Arroyo and Hacienda Luisita but both are beholden to Lucio Tan. With a mere letter from PAL’s lawyer Estelito Mendoza, Corona’s Supreme Court recalled the ruling in favor of the 1,800 flight attendants of FASAP. But also on the mere say-so from PAL that it is losing money even when the facts deny it, Aquino’s government betrayed the 2,600 ground crew of PALEA.”

He added that “The people want to believe that the prosecution of Gloria and her minions like Corona is the start of fundamental reforms. But without any signs of real changes then such is mere wishful thinking.”

Press Release
February 23, 2012
PALEA
Contact Alnem Pretencio @ 09209543634

[Press Release] PALEA gets support of world’s biggest flight attendants union

The Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA) got the support of the world’s biggest flight attendants union, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, in its long-standing dispute with Philippine Airlines (PAL). The US-based AFA-CWA, which represents some 60,000 flight attendants at 23 airlines, submitted a letter of concern to PAL’s office at the Los Angeles International Airport last February 6.

“We are honored to receive the support of our sister and brother flight attendants from America. Their voice of support adds to the growing chorus of solidarity for PALEA’s fight against outsourcing and union-busting which is a common concern with workers everywhere,” declared Gerry Rivera, PALEA president.

In its letter to PAL, AFA International President Veda Shook said that “Your employees want a life of dignity for workers and their families, and recognition for the sacrifices they have made to make your airline profitable… We will stand in support of the public boycott of Lucio Tan-owned PAL and Air Philippines until management has heeded workers’ demands for a return to their regular jobs.”

AFA-CWA’s solidarity action for PALEA coincided with the Occufly protest staged at LAX by scores of flight attendants and union supporters. The Occufly action was in opposition to corporate greed and union busting by US airlines. The Occufly protesters lambasted the restriction on collective bargaining rights contained in the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill pending in the US Congress.

“This controversial labor provision is nothing less than an attack by the 1% against the 99%. We saw it in Wisconsin and Ohio, now we see it for airline and rail workers who are simply seeking the benefits of collective bargaining or fighting to hang on to collective bargaining rights,” Shook explained of Occufly.

US-based unions and Filipino-American groups are spearheading boycott campaigns in the West Coast cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Vancouver where PAL has its most profitable flights. Rivera met with the top union officials of the AFA-CWA and the AFL-CIO last January 24 in Washington DC to solicit support for its fight against contractualization and the boycott campaign.

The meetings with American union leaders were on the side of Rivera’s testimony on the suppression of labor rights by the Philippine government. Rivera faced-off with government officials led by Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz at the hearing held by the US Trade Representative (USTR). At stake at the hearing were trade benefits accorded by the United States government to countries which it deems respects core labor rights and standards. ###

 

Press Release
February 9, 2012
PALEA
Contact Alnem Pretencio @ 09209543634

[In the news] PAL union leader testifies vs Corona -INQUIRER.net

PAL union leader testifies vs Corona
By Michael Lim Ubac, TJ Burgonio, Philippine Daily Inquirer
February 8, 2012

Chief Justice Renato Corona took part in a 2011 Supreme Court ruling favoring Philippine Airlines (PAL) on the retrenchment of 1,400 flight attendants in 1998 despite claiming he had inhibited from the case, a union leader said Tuesday.

“We hope he will be [convicted] so we will have trust again [in the Supreme Court],” Roberto Anduiza, president of the Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines (Fasap), told the Senate as the prosecution started on Article 3 of the impeachment complaint against Corona on Day 13 of his trial.

Article 3 accuses Corona of culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust for his “failure to meet and observe the stringent standards of the Constitution that a member of the judiciary must be a person of proven competence, integrity, probity and independence in allowing the Supreme Court to act on mere letters filed by a counsel, which caused the issuance of flip-flopping decisions in final and executory cases.”

Under questioning by Akbayan Representative Arlene Bag-ao, Anduiza said Fasap won three cases in the Supreme Court in connection with the retrenchment of the flight attendants and stewards who went on strike in 1998, but these cases were overruled by another ruling in 2011.

Anduiza, the lone prosecution witness in yesterday’s trial, said Corona took part in this ruling despite claims by Supreme Court spokesperson Midas Marquez of the Chief Justice’s inhibition.
“I came here because of the Chief Justice’s meddling in our case that led to the reversal of the final decision that was already won,” he said.

Read full article @ newsinfo.inquirer.net

[Press Release] PALEA challenges PAL to testify at impeachment trial

The Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA) held a rally at noon today to support the testimony of Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines (FASAP) president Roberto Anduiza who will undergo cross-examination. PALEA is challenging Philippine Airlines (PAL) management to testify too at the impeachment trial.

“PAL management should face the music. PAL employees and the Filipino people deserve to know the truth behind allegations that Lucio Tan had influenced the Supreme Court through Chief Justice Renato Corona,” said Gerry Rivera, PALEA president.

Some one hundred PALEA members picketed the Senate from 12 noon to 1:00 pm in their third straight day of keeping watch over the impeachment deliberations. Anduiza testified yesterday on Corona’s intervention in the recall of the Supreme Court decision on 1,400 flight attendants after a mere letter from PAL lawyer Estelito Mendoza. In the impeachment proceedings last week, public prosecutors accused Corona and his wife of receiving perks, including free trips abroad, from PAL.

In time for President Benigno Aquino III’s birthday, Rivera quipped that “Aquino has a heart for Grace Lee but none for PAL workers.” PALEA also raised the call “Justice for workers, Reforms beyond Gloria and Corona” as a challenge to the Aquino administration’s so-called campaign for good governance. Members of Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) also joined PALEA in the rally at the Senate.

Renato Magtubo, PM chair, said that “Like the rest of the people, we want to believe that the prosecution of Gloria and her followers is the start of fundamental reforms. But without any signs of real changes then such is mere wishful thinking.”

In the press conference yesterday of the “Ang Tipo Kong Chief Justice Movement,” PALEA and PM joined the League of Cities of the Philippines and other groups in calling for people’s participation in the impeachment trial as stakeholders and not just spectators.

“We appeal to our fellow workers to raise their voices as to what standards should a Chief Justice be held to. We cannot have a Supreme Court that will recall a ruling in favor of thousands of flight attendants due to a letter from respondent’s counsel,” Rivera argued.

Magtubo explained that “As it stands now, the so-called campaign for good governance by PNoy looks no more than a factional fight among the elite. This is because there is no difference between the regimes of Arroyo and Aquino with regards to labor policy, neoliberal economics and social programs. The clash between Corona and PNoy looks more like a case of the kettle calling the teapot black and the teapot accusing the kettle of being ebony.”

Press Release
February 8, 2012
PALEA
Contact Alnem Pretencio @ 09209543634

[Press Release] PALEA to slam Corona and PAL at impeachment rally

 The Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA) held a rally this afternoon at the Senate before the start of today’s impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona. More than a hundred PALEA members picketed the Senate from 12 noon to 1:00 pm in time for the expected testimony of Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines (FASAP) president Bob Anduiza on the recall of the Supreme Court decision on 1,800 flight attendants after a mere letter from Philippine Airlines (PAL) lawyer Estelito Mendoza.

In the protest, PALEA raised the call “Justice for workers, Reforms beyond Gloria and Corona” as a challenge to President Benigno Aquino III administration’s so-called campaign for good governance. “Aquino and Corona may be fighting over Hacienda Luisita and Gloria Arroyo but both are beholden to Lucio Tan as revealed by the FASAP and PALEA cases. The privileges extended to the Coronas by PAL are just the tip of the iceberg of the cozy relationship between public officials and Lucio Tan,” argued Gerry Rivera, PALEA president.

He added that “Workers want not just the prosecution of Gloria and her minions but the cleansing of all corrupt officials in the bureaucracy and further the institution of radical changes in the political and economic system. Without such thoroughgoing reforms then the purging of Gloria’s followers would just pave the way for the embedding of PNoy’s own cronies in government.”

Rivera explained that “As it stands now, the so-called campaign for good governance by PNoy looks no more than a factional fight among the elite. This is because there is no difference between the regimes of Arroyo and Aquino with regards to labor policy, neoliberal economics and social programs. The clash between Corona and PNoy looks more like a case of the kettle calling the teapot black and the teapot accusing the kettle of being ebony.”

Members of Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) also joined PALEA in the rally at the Senate. Renato Magtubo, PM chair, said that “Like the rest of the people, we want to believe that the prosecution of Gloria and her followers is the start of fundamental reforms. But without any signs of real changes then such is mere wishful thinking.”

The call for fundamental reforms would be the banner demand for the May 1 commemoration and the rally today serves to jumpstart the early start of the Labor Day campaign.

Meanwhile PALEA continues to garner international support as tomorrow (February 6 Pacific Standard Time) the American union AFA-CWA, the biggest flight attendants union in the world, will submit a letter of concern to the PAL office at the Los Angeles international airport (LAX). AFA-CWA will hold an “Occufly” protest at LAX to slam corporate greed by airline companies.

The US flight attendants support for PALEA comes on the heels of protest actions earlier staged in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, Toronto (Canada), Tokyo (Japan) and Hongkong. US unions and Filipino-American groups have also initiated a boycott PAL campaign.

Press Release
February 6, 2012
PALEA
Contact Alnem Pretencio @ 09209543634

[In the news] Lucio Tan to sell majority stake in PAL at the right price – GMAnews.tv

Lucio Tan to sell majority stake in PAL at the right price
January 23, 2012

 Top-level negotiations are ongoing regarding the sale of a majority stake in flag carrier Philippine Airlines, owner Lucio Tan told reporters in an interview over the weekend.

“If the price is good,” then he is selling, the business tycoon said on the sidelines of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ annual reception for bankers.

“Some of my friends” are interested in investing in PAL, including corporate tycoons Ramon Ang of San Miguel Corp. and Manuel Pangilinan of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co., noted Tan, but declined to comment on specific talks with any of the parties involved.

In Malacañang on Monday, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda told reporters that government welcomes such developments regarding PAL.

“We welcome the additional investment of whoever would like to buy PAL, because it would mean additional investments to the country,” Lacierda said.

Read full article @ www.gmanetwork.com

[Press Release] PALEA welcomes Chinese new year with Ayala motorcade and impeachment rally

Watching intently PAL’s sale to new owner
PALEA welcomes Chinese new year with Ayala motorcade and impeachment rally

 The Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA) welcomed the Chinese new year with a motorcade today to highlight its call to new investors of Philippine Airlines (PAL) for the reinstatement of retrenched workers. PALEA is “watching intently” not necessarily of “welcoming enthusiastically” reports of PAL’s sale to interested investors such as Ramon Ang of SMC and Manny Pangilinan of Metro Pacific.

Nonetheless the union is hoping that a new owner may lead to a breakthrough to resolve the labor dispute. “PALEA’s fight continues in the year of the water dragon. This promises to be the year of PALEA’s return to work,” averred Bong Palad, PALEA secretary.

At 10:00 am, the PALEA motorcade left the protest camp outside the PAL In-Flight Center then proceeded to the Nichols offices onto the Allied Bank Building at Ayala where Lucio Tan holds office then the Senate for the impeachment trial and ended at the airline headquarters at the PNB building at Macapagal Ave..

At the Senate grounds, Palad insisted that “The ‘Coronavela’ is a case of the teapot calling the kettle black and the kettle accusing the teapot it is unclean. Pnoy and Corona may be fighting over Gloria Arroyo and Hacienda Luisita but both are beholden to Lucio Tan as revealed by the plight of PALEA and the Flight Attendants and Stewards Association (FASAP).”

“Since Lucio Tan has been closed to even talking with PALEA, then any change in PAL’s management leaves open the possibility of a change in attitude to the protracted labor dispute,” Palad said. He explained that “PAL’s new owners may in the end be no different from Lucio Tan as regards its attitude to PALEA. But as it stands now, anybody but Lucio Tan is better. So in the meantime, PALEA’s fight continues and it demands of any new owner the reinstatement of retrenched workers to their regular jobs,” Palad explained.

Contrary to Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda’s view that investments by a new owner in PAL will lead to improve image, PALEA insists that only the return of the locked out skilled and experienced workers will make PAL fly again. “PAL’s operations have deteriorated not because of a lack of finances and shiny new planes but because of the ‘palpak’ service by inexperienced contractuals and scabs. It is not a refleeting but the reinstatement of PALEA members that will lead to PAL’s return to normalcy. Bring back PALEA members and PAL will soar again in three days,” Palad asserts.

He also revealed that PALEA president Gerry Rivera is set to testify tomorrow (January 24 noon EST) at Washington DC on the repression of labor rights by the government. PALEA has been invited to the hearing by the US Trade Representative on the petition by the government for trade benefits under the GSP (general system of preferences). Countries which respect internationally core labor rights and standards receive preferential treatment from the US.

Press Release
January 24, 2012
PALEA
Contact Bong Palad @ 09165740596

[Isyung HR] GrrrrrrrrEEEEEED!

by Mokong Perspective

 Kung Hei Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year! Yes, I will join the band wagon of happy Chinese new year celebration greetings. Greetings lang naman can’t afford to join the buying of lucky charms and feng sui items for the celebration. Hehehe! And also, just can’t ignore the most talked about year of the water dragon and the good lucks and bad lucks that come with it.  It’s better than the “end of the world” paranoia.  Hahaha!

Usong-uso nanaman ang mga horoscope at feng shui. Lucky charms and tikoys.  Siyempre hindi naman ito bago sa ‘tin at hindi rin off para sa mga Pinoys.  Kung paanong tayo ay may halo-halong pamahiin at paniniwala na dinala sa atin ng mga sumakop na mga dayuhan kaya no wonder we adapt effortless.

Our mokong team invited a mokong expert to give us some mokong lucky and not so lucky tips for 2012 or the year of the water dragon and things to do to make kontra the malas. We are addressing these tips siyempre pa sa ating mga masusuwerteng business tycoons.

Here is our Mokong’s fearless HRScope…

According to this mokong expert this year is going to be a transformational life-changing year! It’s a good year to improve oneself, take calculated risks and to build wealth.  The year 2012 holds much promise and a major transition is in store for everyone. Whether it turns extremely good or really bad, depends on how a person rides the mighty dragon.

Mokong: Paano nga kaya sumakay sa isang dragon? Senator Judge Panday knows.

Hindi ba’t nang maimbento ata ang salitang swerte ay ang mga pulitikong ito ang agad na nakaalam at nakasalo. Akalain mong 2012 is a good year for them to improve… their wealth!

Good year din daw ang year na ito for business dragons like Lucio Tan and Henry Sy. But again, according to Chinese forecast, whether it turns extremely good or really bad, depends on how a person rides the mighty dragon.

Mokong: Maaring hindi man sila swerte pero alam naman nila ang pangontra sa malas.

Mokong na expert: Lucio Tan will attract luck because buwaya looks like a dragon.  But take extra caution on declaring na lugi negosyo, baka magkatotoo, don’t tell a lie, ‘wag mag-deny.  Para naman sa mga manggagawa ng PAL.  You may not be as lucky as Lucio Tan, but you are the mighty dragon in the forecast na, “…whether it turns extremely good or really bad, depends on how a person rides the mighty dragon.” Pahabol sa mga sasakay ng PAL, remember water dragon… baka sa water kayo pulutin.

Mokong: Buti na lang boycott ako sa PAL! Hehehe!

Mokong na expert: Henry Sy will see.  Gold from green equals GREED.  Cutting trees will bring you malas. Sige ka SM baguio will slide down the slope if trees will be cut.  Maswerte sayo ang kulay na gold, but the water dragon will send you water kung ipapuputol mo ang mga puno.

Mokong: Occupy!

Mokong na expert: Pahabol sa dalawang Chinese, what is common among the two? Besides being Chinese.

Mokong: Greed ba ‘yan?

Imagine playing Pinoy henyo. The secret word will be “GREED” and the contestants will be asking…

Contestant1: Hayop ba to?

Contestant2: Oo. Oo!

Contestant1: Sa hangin?

Contestant2: Pwede! Pwede!

Contestant1: Sa lupa?

Contestant2: Pwede! Pwede!

Contestant1: Lucio Tan! Henry Sy?

Contestant2: Oo! Oo!

Pero hindi pa titigil ang orasan…

[From the web] “PALEA 300” seeks dismissal of violation of CAAP law case – www.allvoices.com

“PALEA 300” seeks dismissal of violation of CAAP law case
by JuanManggagawa
January 10, 2012

  In a hearing yesterday at the Pasay Hall of Justice, members of the Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA) asked the city prosecutors to dismiss the violation of Civil Aviation Authority (CAAP) law case filed by the management against them in the aftermath of the September 27, 2011 protest that crippled the operations of Philippine Airlines (PAL). In an allusion to the mythical Spartans, PALEA President Gerry Rivera declared that “The respondents to the case, the PALEA 300 are brave men and women who will die fighting instead of surrendering to tyranny by PAL.”

The PAL management alleged in its complaints that PALEA members caused the destruction of some airline equipments during their September 27 protest, a charge vehemently denied by the union. The actual respondents to the case are 258 but PAL in previous press releases has claimed that some 300 PALEA members joined the September 27 protest.

In a picket to coincide with the hearing, PALEA insisted that the case was part of the many harassment cases thrown at PALEA members after the union strongly opposed PAL’s outsourcing plan. The next hearings are scheduled for February 2 and 9.

“We eat PAL harassment cases for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” stated Rivera. He claimed that “PAL is blindly shooting nuisance cases at PALEA members in a desperate bid to force them to accept the separation package and sign up for the illegal labor contractors Sky Logistics and Sky Kitchen. Some of the 258 named respondents were active participants in protests before and after September 27 but were on day off that fateful day.”

The union asserts that no company equipment was ever damaged during the September 27 protest. Instead the union knows that it was the improper use of an airstep by an inexperienced and unskilled scab that caused an accident where an Airbus A340 with aircraft ID 3430 plane door was dented.

Read full article @ www.allvoices.com

[Press Release] “PALEA 300” seeks dismissal of violation of CAAP law case – PALEA

 In a hearing yesterday at the Pasay Hall of Justice, members of the Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA) asked the city prosecutors to dismiss the violation of Civil Aviation Authority (CAAP) law case filed by the management against them in the aftermath of the September 27, 2011 protest that crippled the operations of Philippine Airlines (PAL). In an allusion to the mythical Spartans, PALEA President Gerry Rivera declared that “The respondents to the case, the PALEA 300 are brave men and women who will die fighting instead of surrendering to tyranny by PAL.”

The PAL management alleged in its complaints that PALEA members caused the destruction of some airline equipments during their September 27 protest, a charge vehemently denied by the union. The actual respondents to the case are 258 but PAL in previous press releases has claimed that some 300 PALEA members joined the September 27 protest.

In a picket to coincide with the hearing, PALEA insisted that the case was part of the many harassment cases thrown at PALEA members after the union strongly opposed PAL’s outsourcing plan. The next hearings are scheduled for February 2 and 9.

“We eat PAL harassment cases for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” stated Rivera. He claimed that “PAL is blindly shooting nuisance cases at PALEA members in a desperate bid to force them to accept the separation package and sign up for the illegal labor contractors Sky Logistics and Sky Kitchen. Some of the 258 named respondents were active participants in protests before and after September 27 but were on day off that fateful day.”

The union asserts that no company equipment was ever damaged during the September 27 protest. Instead the union knows that it was the improper use of an airstep by an inexperienced and unskilled scab that caused an accident where an Airbus A340 with aircraft ID 3430 plane door was dented.

Rivera asserts further that PAL services deteriorated sharply after September not because of damaged equipments but due to lack of skilled and experienced manpower after PALEA members, in opposition to contractualization/outsourcing, refused to transfer to assigned service providers.

“Up to now, more than three months after the outsourcing, passenger complaints of faulty services by contractual scabs working at PAL are piling up. It is therefore not the equipments but the flag carrier’s reputation that is being badly damaged,” declared Rivera.

PALEA insists that PAL’s waning reputation and deteriorating quality service can only be saved by getting its regular workers back. Supporters of PALEA are calling for a boycott of PAL and its sister company Air Philippines until the laid off workers are reinstated to their regular jobs.

PRESS RELEASE
11 January 2012
Contact: Gerry Rivera
09157755073

[Isyung HR] The mokong year that was 2011

by Mokong

The Mokong Perspective

Let’s stop for a while, look back and listen mokongly to the stories of 2011 and we’ll see na maraming kamokongan took place that made our light moments satisfactorily, exemplary, extra ordinary and funny.

I picked some of them based on my mokong  judgement. Here they are in no particular order.

I invoke my right to self incrimination

Actually “I invoke my right to self incrimination” is my quote of the year.  Try using this to people who ask you questions you don’t want to answer and you’ll definitely piss the person out.

There was this student who answered the same during a recitation exam and he succeeded in getting the reply he deserves.

And remember to do it unli.

PNoy’s lovelife

News worthy ang dating, especially when he compared it to coke lights.  Besides media na affected by this one liner of his, the coke competitor pepsi was also pushed to resbak by launching it’s own advertisement that went something like “turn your Zero lovelife to Maxx.  I heard Pepsi even considered getting GMA to deliver their version but they changed their mind.  Imagine GMA saying “turn your zero lovelife to maxx,” with braces in her neck.

Because of this PNoy has earned the respect of Boy Pick-up and he definitely showed the mokong republic that he deserves to be our mokong president.

Queen of pick up lines

Hindi naman nagpatalo ang ating Senadora.  She stole the mokong limelight from PNoy’s one-liner when she answered back with lots of pick-up lines every time she delivers her speech in almost all occasions.

Because of this, Party Clowns and Comedians feared that they have to change their gimmicks before they have their jobs enforcedly disappeared. They considered running for Senator this coming election or for President.  Imagine Miting De Abanse will no longer be as boring as usual.  We’ll have politicos throwing pick up lines to each other instead of muds and blackprops.

Mokong Candidate1: Presidente ka ba?
Mokong Candidate2: Hindi. Baket?
Mokong Candidate1: Zero kasi  lovelife mo e.

Now that Senator Defensor has been chosen as ICC judge, will she still bring her pick-up lines with her?

GMA’s Mug Shot

According to GMA detractors, Karma has brought upon her what she deserves. Although it came a little late, at least It came before 2011 ends.

According to her supporters, if this is karma, then PNoy will have his karma too. And include De Lima.
Oo nga no, following this logic, mokong din pala ang karma. Ang basurang itinapon mo ay babalik din sa ‘yo.   Kaya pala nakakarma tayo, kasi we get who we vote for.

GMA arrest was like a circus in town.  A circus in NAIA to be exact. GMA camp tried to win sympathy by pushing it so hard for GMA to fly out of the country for medication purposes.  Complete with costumes and props, the scene in the airport became media ops.  Even her mugshot became one of the most talked about mokong photos of 2011.

In her room in Veterans Hospital, there was a mokong info na she planned to do planking to protest for her arrest kaya lang she was not allowed to have communications gadgets inside, na sana she will use to post her photos sa FB niya.

Vote for your Mokong Photo of the Year,

Palaparan fears for his life

Bida naman ang kontradiksiyon sa mga nangyari kay Palparan. Like the hunter became the hunted.

Palparan should have been out of the country before Lacson and Ramona Revilla.  Hindi na tuloy siya nakalusot sa airport.

Palparan should have won the election e di sana may immunity siya.

Palparan shoul have seen this coming e di sana nakapaghanda siya.

He should have listened to GMAnetwork’s campaign “Magplano, Magsiguro, Makibalita, I’m Ready”.
Palparan feared for his life, meaning insecure? So thats the reason why he had a security agency as his business.

He tried them all but he failed except for his alleged expertise that is making people involuntarily disappeared. He applied this to himself. But he wants it this way unlike Karen and the other alleged victims.
He’s not a butcher. Sabi nga ng kanyang mga Military supporters. This made me recall a famous line in a movie.  The title: Minsan may isang Gamul-gamol. And the lead actor will be a retired General saying,  “Our brother is not a butcher!”
Palaparan fears for his life. Kaya pala there are allegations why he kills people he suspect of being enemies of the state, kesa naman maunahan siya.

What’s the best mokong way to escape prosecution?

Lucio Tan

2011 was like hell both for PALEA members, PAL owner Lucio Tan and PAL customers.

Lucio Tan was complaining that because of the workers’ protest his PALdong bulsa was affected very much.  PALEA members were saying that Tan was lying, according to them PALdo pa rin siya with his other businesses unlike the workers na wala nang naPALang mabuti sa kanya.

The public was divided into whose side to go with.  Sino nga ba ang problema?

SC spokesperson gender in question

Nang gawing issue ang gender ni SC spokesperson Midas Marques,  nagpista ang mga mokong. As if they have been waiting for this to compete with Piolo Pascual. Hahaha!

Does being gay matter to be the SC spokesperson?

Wanted Lolong and other crocs

Let me reveal another Mokong Leaks.  According to an A1 information by our mokong informant working with the administration, there is a secret operation called “OPLAN CROC 2011” that aims to capture all the crocs in the country by hook or by crock in 2011.

Be the first to see the poster that the government supposed to release this year but they decided to keep it confidential. Again this is an A1 Mokong Info.

So who’s your Mokong of the Year for 2011? cast your votes now!

Note: This is a Mokong article only.

[Press Release] PALEA to prospective new owners: End in labor row crucial for PAL takeoff

  The Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA) expressed guarded optimism on the possibility that a change in ownership and leadership at the Philippine Airlines (PAL) may create an opportunity to end the flag carrier’s lingering labor dispute.

San Miguel Corporation has confirmed news that the conglomerate is in advance talks with PAL owner Lucio Tan for a possible buyout of the ailing flag carrier.

The ground crew union, nonetheless, maintains its assertion that whoever gets control of PAL the fact remains that the airline can only takeoff and prevent further losses by getting the 2,600 locked out regular workers back.

“Bring us back and PAL can fly anew with pride,” declared PALEA President Gerry Rivera, as he assured the public that within days upon their reinstatement, PAL operations would be back to normal.

“As a legacy airline, PAL is about quality service – quality service that only comes from a quality workforce.  The new owner/s must therefore consider this crucial human resource factor in their ongoing acquisition talks,” added Rivera.

PAL suffered heavy losses in the third and fourth quarter of this year after PALEA members opposed the company’s outsourcing/contractualization plan by refusing to transfer into assigned service providers.  PALEA’s protest in September 27 has forced the airline to scale down its operations for lack of skilled manpower to operate its passenger and cargo handling operations as well as its catering services.

PALEA stressed that it is the failed outsourcing plan that pulled the flag carrier’s finances as well as its reputation down as consumer confidence is greatly affected by labor issues, low quality service and safety concerns.

Moreover, PALEA supporters from the local and international trade unions, the Church, the academe, migrants and civil society groups, have launched a successful boycott campaign  — all contributing to a significant reduction in PAL’s load factor.

Noisy camp

On December 31, the protest camp located at PAL’s In-Flight Center and Catering Services Building along MIA Road will be a noisy camp as PALEA members make noise to assertively and confidently greet the New Year with a call to end the labor row at PAL.

A media-noche will also be prepared at the camp similar to what PALEANs have shared during their noche-buena on Christmas Eve.

“2011 was really a turbulent year for PALEA and the entire labor movement.  Yet despite the storms, our fighting spirits remain intact.  We remain hopeful and we thank everyone who stood with us for keeping us strong and united,” concluded Rivera.

PRESS RELEASE
December 29, 2011
Contact:   Gerry Rivera
09157755073

[From the web] Philippine Airlines is a Scrooge—international labor rights group – www.allvoices.com

Philippine Airlines is a Scrooge—international labor rights group
by Juan Manggagawa

A Washington DC-based international labor rights watchdog has included Philippine Airlines (PAL) in its list of worst companies for the year. PAL joins giant companies Dole, Wal-Mart and Hershey in the “Scrooge list” of the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) for the “use of intimidation and sometimes violence, in the U.S. and abroad, to violate workers’ internationally recognized right to organize.”

The Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) welcomed PAL’s description as a Scrooge “since Lucio Tan stole Christmas from some 2,400 employees and their families.” Renato Magtubo, PM chair, said that “PAL has been naughty not nice to its workers so Santa did not grant its wish of a profitable year.” PAL has announced that it will end the year with losses to due its failed outsourcing plan and high fuel prices.

In its report, ILRF explained that “Some of this year’s Scrooges, such as Dole and Wal-Mart, are repeat offenders—giant corporations that refuse to uphold their responsibility to their direct employees and to workers in their supply chains. Hershey receives Scrooge status for the first time—an accolade long overdue—as the chapter exposes an ongoing pattern of the company’s neglect of workers’ rights and refusal to be more accountable to workers in its supply chain. The case of Philippine Airlines illustrates an increasingly common trend among corporations, the flexibilization of work, and how when workers protest against outsourcing, they are locked-out and fired.”

“This holiday season corporate greed at PAL is shining through,” the ILRF report asserted. The group is supporting PALEA by calling on the public to boycott PAL and its sister low-cost carrier Air Philippines until the workers are reinstated to their regular jobs.

Read full article @ www.allvoices.com

[Statement] Stop Corporate GREED. BOYCOTT PAL and AirPhilippines- PAHRA

PAL terminated more than 2,600 employees affecting three departments, which PAL labels as “non-core”, was based on the pretext of that “It was motivated by a pressing need to prevent further financial drain and thus, save PAL from eventual collapse.”  And that such a move“ is necessary for to this very day, PAL’s economic downturn continues to threaten its survival.”

But this is belied by the fact that PAL earned a total comprehensive income of US$ 72.5 MILLION (net income of US$65.5 Million plus other income) for the fiscal year which ended on March 31, 2011.

According to the company’s Financial Statement itself, this is “a significant turnaround from the previous fiscal year’s total comprehensive loss of US$ 14.4 million.” Converted to Philippine Pesos, PAL’s income amounted to MORE THAN PhP 3 BILLION  (computed at $1: PhP 42.50).

It is unfortunate that the owners and management of the Philippine Air Lines (PAL) have chosen to forget that their company’s growth was also brought about by the sacrifices, labor and dedication of the workers. At the real downturn of PAL’s financial capabilities, PALEA suspended its right to a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) since 1998.  PAL’s employees contributed not in a small manner in its corporate recovery, global expansion and competitiveness.  They are co-creators of the wealth of the company. Thus, not only should the quality of life of workers rightfully and proportionately improve as the company develops and grows – this is a collective aspect of the right to development. More important, they should be integral to the company itself.  The owners and management’s decision to outsource as part of its over-all contractualization plan is to deceptively cut off its co-creators of corporate wealth under the false basis of “financial losses”.  This is corporate callousness. They have disjointed themselves from the same humanity as their workers so as to accrue profits primarily for themselves.  The vaunted plan of separation benefits is no more than a ruse to distract from the truth of corporate greed and the deprivation of workers’ rights.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is supposedly the flag carrier of the Philippines. It is suppose to proudly display our historical struggles against oppression and repression as well as our constitutional stand for human dignity from whence springs our human rights.

Until PAL’s corporate greed is rescinded to reinstate the terminated 2,600 workers, the co-creators of their corporate wealth, PAHRA calls on its members, its national, regional and international partners and networks to boycott PAL and its sister company, AirPhil.
PAHRA uncompromisingly stands for people first over profit, labor over capital.

December 7, 2011

Max M. de Mesa
Chairperson, PAHRA

Rose Trajano
Acting Secretary General

[Press Release] Labor rights under P-Noy: Large gap between declared policy and implementation- Partido ng Manggagawa

A large gap between declared policies and implementation characterize the conduct of the present administration in upholding the constitutional mandate of providing full protection to labor, the labor group Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) said in a statement as the country celebrates the International Human Rights Day.

PM chair Renato Magtubo find the current state of labor rights “very depressing” under the present administration as “P-Noy is all talk but zero achievement in upholding labor rights.”

Magtubo pointed out that when P-Noy assumed office in July last year, he carried with him a 22-Point Labor & Agenda with a declared policy in promoting employment and upholding labor rights.  The agenda has an an over-arching goal of “investing in our country’s top resource, our human resource, to make us more competitive and employable while promoting industrial peace based on social justice.”

The labor leader explained that Item No. 3 of the said Agenda aims “to promote not only the constitutionally protected rights of workers but also their right to participate in the policymaking processes”, while Item No. 7 seeks “to align  our country’s labor policies with international treaties and ILO conventions in a sound and realistic manner.”

Asked Magtubo: “Where is P-Noy now after declaring those big words 17 months ago? Where is P-Noy now after Lucio Tan locked out the 2,600 workers of PAL who were fighting for their constitutionally guaranteed rights?  Where is industrial peace based on social justice? ”

The labor group added that even the recent Conference of the International Labor Organization (ILO) held in Kyoto reminded both businesses and governments to prioritize long-term over short term employment.  The ILO’s Decent Work Framework which promotes equal opportunity and gainful employment was adopted by the Philippine government several years ago.

“Yet P-Noy’s labor secretary Rosalinda Baldoz who was present at the conference and who decided in favour of Lucio Tan in the PAL case, defended the outsourcing and contractualization as a necessary policy,” lamented Magtubo,

The former partylist representative said the PAL issue had become a litmus test to P-Noy and this unresolved issue of social justice will continue to hound his administration whose popularity is mainly bolstered by a populist campaign on anti-corruption. ###
PRESS RELEASE
Partido ng Manggagawa
10 December 2011
Contact:  Renato Magtubo
09178532095

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