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Flag carrier pays retrenched workers

Manila, Philippines – Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) released yesterday the first batch of its P2.6-billion separation package for workers affected by its spin-off.

PAL spokeswoman Cielo Villaluna said in a statement that the payment will cover its ground-based workers who did not participate in the wildcat strike last September 27 that paralyzed its operations. About 300 of PAL’s ground-based workers joined the work stoppage on that day.

Villaluna said PAL will prioritize the payment of its 600 workers who were absorbed by its third-party service providers that took over the operations of its catering, call center, and ground service departments.

“Per instructions of PAL management, we will give priority to employees who heeded PAL’s appeal for a smooth and orderly implementation of the spin-off/outsourcing program,” Villaluna said.

“Majority of the workers shall receive an average of close to P800,000 in separation pay, which includes 125 percent of their monthly salary for every year of service, P100,000 gratuity pay, and 100 percent converted-to-cash accrued vacation and sick leaves,” she added. (Samuel P. Medenilla)