By Emmie V. Abadilla
Philippine Airlines (PAL) recently signed a landmark 5-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the PAL Employees Association (PALEA) making up 11% of the flag carrier’s total workforce of 6,829 people.
A smooth partnership between PAL Management and employees is vital as the airline expands both its domestic and international route network to cover over 30 local and 40 overseas destinations with its fleet of 98 aircraft.
In this era of economic downturn, concluding the CBA negotiations reflected a spirit of mutual collaboration and trust-building between management and labor for the welfare of their ground rank and file employees, according to both sides.
“Despite the many challenges that PAL is facing, my father Chairman and CEO Dr. Lucio C. Tan, made this new CBA his top priority in recognition of your long years of dedication to PAL,” announced PAL Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Administrative Officer, Vivienne K. Tan, who signed the CBA, representing the flag carrier’s management.
“Our Chairman truly values the partnership that we have and your contribution towards the achievement of our shared mission as a flag carrier,” she underscored.
“My father is very pleased that both Management and PALEA reached out to each other and found common ground. I believe that an open and constructive dialogue with PALEA and other unions must always be done in a spirit of good faith which is key to establishing a strong foundation of partnership,” she explained.
Furthermore, she thanked PAL employees “for their dedicated work in making our flag carrier a world class airline, the Philippines’ best.”
For his part, PALEA President Edgardo Oredina responded, “We thank the PAL Management for its pro-active approach in the negotiations which led to the resolution of key items on the negotiating table.”
“Rest assured, we offer our hand of cooperation and collaboration. Together, we will work as a united PAL family, committed to ensuring industrial peace for the greater good,” he pledged.
The signing ceremony was held at the Century Park Hotel in Manila, in the presence of the senior officials of PALEA.