Saturday, October 01, 2011

26 Philippine Airlines flights cancelled

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Saturday cancelled 26 flights due to a lack of workers.

More than 2,000 PAL employees, mostly members of the Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA), were laid off on Saturday, as the airline began outsourcing its catering, call center and ground services to third-party service providers the same day.

About 30% who lost their jobs because of the outsourcing program were absorbed by the service providers.

Others who rejected the job offer are staying in their protest camp while the Court of Appeals hears their labor dispute against PAL management.

PAL expects its operations to return to normal in a few weeks.

The management is advising passengers to go to the airport at least 3 hours before their flight schedules.

Their hotlines are also open for flight information.

Members of PALEA held a rally on Friday, following a work stoppage implemented by the group earlier this week to paralyze PAL's operations.

PAL lost millions of dollars due to PALEA's "illegal" strike, according to PAL officials.

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