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Congress passes resolution calling on Philippine airline to end outsourcing dispute

12 August 2010

Congress delegates today passed a resolution denouncing Philippine Airlines’ decision to outsource thousands of jobs.

The resolution condemned the decision of the former Filipino acting secretary of labour and employment last June, which approved Philippine Airlines management’s plan to ousource its “non-core” business. The move is set to lead to the dismissal of 3000 workers in airport services, in-flight catering and call centre reservations, all of whom are represented by the Philippine Airline Employees’ Association (PALEA).

Delegates committed to back the union’s request for the decision to be reconsidered, “so as to prevent union busting and the unjustified contracting out of PALEA members who stand to lose their right to organise and bargain collectively.”

Speaking to move the resolution Johnny Oca of the Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines, warned delegates: “If this motion is not passed, 3000 PALEA members may face an uncertain situation as contracted workers.”

Congress adopted the motion unanimously.
Delegates adopted a number of other emergency motions, which included those: pledging support for Greek seafarers in their fight against social dumping; urging affiliates to continue action in support of Iranian trade unionists and demanding that those responsible for the death in suspicious circumstances of a young South African trainee officer be brought to justice. There were also motions condemning human and union rights violations in countries such as Burma and Panama.

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