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PAL starts spinoff information drive

/ 03:28 PM August 19, 2011

MANILA, Philippines–Philippine Airlines (PAL) said Friday it would commence a company-wide information drive about the spinoff program after its workers’ union rejected management’s offer for a dialog.

In a statement, the airline management said PAL employees deserve to know the real score about Malacanang’s recent order upholding PAL’s spinoff program and how it directly affects their future.

Topics for discussion include timelines, mechanics for availing retirement benefits, clearances and accountabilities, and application process for those who wish to transfer to PAL’s service providers. Questions will also be entertained for the enlightenment of affected workers.


“It’s unfortunate that the union rejected management’s calls for sober and professional discussions on how best to implement the spinoff plan, including the transition process. The dialog would have helped thresh out many questions and uncertainties on their members’ minds,” said PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna.

In the next few days, several management teams will conduct town hall meetings in the three departments to be spun off, namely catering, groundhandling and call center reservations. Flyers will also be distributed to PAL workers for a better understanding of the spinoff process. The meetings are also designed to correct misinformation, baseless rumors and black propaganda circulating within the organization.

Earlier, PAL assured its workers that secure jobs are waiting for them if they decide to move to the airline’s new service providers. However, workers also have complete freedom just to avail of their separation benefits and not to join PAL’s contractors if they so choose.

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