PAL to hike salaries of 1,600 flight attendants
MANILA, Philippines - Legacy carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) signed Monday, April 22, a memorandum of agreement increasing the salaries of its 1,600 flight attendants.
The deal reflects the terms of the 2010-to-2015 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between PAL and the Flight Attendants' and Stewards' Association of the Philippines (FASAP).
Under the CBA, PAL flight attendants will receive salary increase, work-rule incentives for overtime work, and higher transportation allowance.
The MOA was signed under the new PAL management, led by its president and COO Ramon Ang. Ang also heads diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp., which bought 49% of PAL in April 2012.
Prior to San Miguel's entry, PAL and FASAP had been in a legal battle that started nearly 15 years ago.
The case stemmed from PAL's move to retrench 5,000 employees, including 1,400 FASAP members, in 1998, when it was reeling from the Asian financial crisis.
The case reached the Supreme Court, whose second division issued a final decision favoring FASAP in September 2011.
In October the same year however the high court recalled the decision, saying the 3rd division should have been the one ruling on the case, not the 2nd.
In 2012, the SC allowed FASAP to appeal the recall. - Rappler.com