Philippine Airlines (PAL) posted substantial net profits amounting to as much as PhP2.6 Billion (US$65 Million) as reported in their latest financial report for the fiscal year ending March 2011. To help PAL recover from the 1997 Asian financial crisis, its workers have endured more than a decade of suspension of their collective bargaining that resulted to the freeze in salaries and benefits. Now that PAL is raking in profits, instead of rewarding its workers for their sacrifice, PAL decided to implement an outsourcing scheme that converts the jobs of these workers into contractual positions, which means salaries will be cut in half and benefits will be lost permanently.
Once workers under the Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA) protested the planned outsourcing of their jobs, they faced violent repression by police and goons. Some 2,400 workers were locked-out and fired from their jobs.
The Boycott PAL Coalition is calling for the boycott of Philippine Airlines and other business interests of Lucio Tan including Air Philippines in solidarity with members of PALEA.
In signing this petition and joining the boycott, we aim to send a clear message to Philippine Airlines and to Lucio Tan that we all stand against corporate greed and call for the immediate reinstatement of PALEA workers. We also call on the Philippine Government to take the side of social and economic justice and ensure that the rights of Filipino workers to decent jobs, to collective bargaining and to peaceful assembly is respected and promoted.