Oldest union in the Philippines under threat

A recent decision by the Filipino Labour Secretary, Ms Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, will allow Philippine Airlines (PAL) to outsource its airport services, in-flight catering and call centre reservations. It will also mean the laying off of more than half of its workforce, possibly up to 3,000 workers.

PAL is owned by a prominent Filipino capitalist, Lucio Tan, and this restructure is viewed as a plan not only to cut workers' conditions, but also to destroy the Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA).

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