The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is “pressuring” the management of cash-strapped flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) against proceeding with its plan to fire some 2,400 workers.
DOLE Sec. Silvestre Bello III said he is confident the airline industry will be able to get back on its feet pretty soon as more inward and outward-bound trips are being allowed by the government as it starts to loosen its Covid restrictions.
“PAL may no longer pursue its plan to retrench workers because there are signs of economic recovery on the horizon,” he said.
PAL, which is owned by billionaire Fil-Chinese businessman Lucio Tan, earlier announced it might layoff some 2,400 employees due to the huge losses sustained by the international airline industry resulting from the global lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Bello said the prospect of better mobility and travel conditions may convince PAL management to reverse the fate they had planned for their 2,400 employees.
He warned PAL officials against being too brash and hasty in making earthshaking decisions as these would not help in efforts to boost the economy.
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