Tuesday, August 03, 2010

PAL Crisis


Philippine Airlines (PAL)  the flag carrier is in the headlines for the past days. It had to cancel several domestic and international flights after some of its pilots quit without giving enough notice.Three flights to Hong Kong and at least eight domestic flights were cancelled after pilots left to join airlines abroad, PAL said in a statement.The indiscriminate resignation of the A320 pilots... is in violation of their contract with PAL as well as with pertinent government regulations that require resigning pilots to give PAL six months' notice," the statement said.The airline said it would be filing "appropriate charges" against the pilots who still owe PAL for the cost of their training.The statement did not say how many pilots had resigned or where they were going to work. Airline spokesmen could not be contacted for comment.However sources in the PAL employees' union said the resignations were in reaction to a plan by the airline to lay off thousands of employees and outsource their positions. For me this is a wake up call to the government and to the management of the airline. Everybody should be responsible for what happened. The company should not blame  or make the financial crisis as the reason why they did not give attention to the issues of the pilots. I think its very practical for the pilots to grab the good opportunities abroad rather than staying with PAL without job assurance and security of tenure. The government for this time should give more focus on the welfare of the people rather than those few capitalists who take more benefit from profit just for their own. 

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