Department of Labor and Employment
October 8, 2020
PAL could ‘change mind’ in letting go of workers–Bello
Philippine Airlines (PAL) could reconsider its plan to lay off 2,400 of its workers because of the improving prospects for the airline industry, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the airline business may start to turn around with DOLE allowing more workers to return to their jobs abroad where health and safety conditions have improved.
“PAL may no longer pursue its plan to retrench workers if it sees signs of recovery at the horizon. The government is confident the airline industry can get back to its feet anytime now because we are already allowing more trips in and out of the country, especially the travels of our countrymen seeking employment overseas,” Bello said.
He dispelled fears of renewed massive displacement of workers over the plan of PAL to terminate more than 2,000 of its employees due to losses brought by the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
“It is the prospect of better mobility and travel conditions that can make PAL change its mind about the fate of its workers. The good news is that things are improving in the country including the way we move from one place to another,” Bello explained.
The Labor Chief appealed for calmness and optimism as entertaining fears and worries would not help boost efforts in reopening the economy.
“Rest assured that reopening the economy with the right amount of health protocols can help us all defeat the pandemic,” he added. – ###