I have been following the story of the employees of PAL for months now, and last eve of All Saint’s Day the government finally dropped the curtain on them – they washed their hands like Pontius Pilate. PAL has now the go-signal to terminate employees en masse.
Only about 2,600 employees lang naman. That’s not counting the relatives dependent on each individual employee. Especially that the Christmas season is almost here where it extends to godsons and goddaughters and godparents.
There are benefits in the retrenchment, they counter. Absorption to the outsourcing providers, separation pay, inter alia. No matter how you look at it, it is still getting fired. Go ask the employee.
Now PALEA can not do protests anymore, for most of their members will become “contractuals”. Silenced, otherwise become part of the growing statistics of unemployed people. Well they would go unemployed in the long run anyway. Trust our local industries and contractualizations.
It is a subtler way of silencing them, compared to FASAPs pending strike derailment by the government. PAL’s management handed over the jurisdiction to DoLE over the dispute, thereby making the strike “illegal”.
I wonder how this story will end.
Sources: bulatlat.com and inquirer.net