PAL to start taking steps against pilots who quit


Posted at Aug 10 2010 03:30 PM | Updated as of Aug 10 2010 11:31 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The management of Philippine Airlines (PAL) said on Tuesday it will start taking administrative measures against the 25 pilots who resigned without giving the proper 180-day notice.

PAL spokesperson Cielo Villanuna said PAL will issue notices to the pilots and require them to explain why they failed to report for their flight duties.

The next step would be to deal with the "civil" aspect of the case, which involves possible filing of cases for breach of contract and non-payment of the balance that the airline has spent for their training.

Aside from management's row with the resigned pilots, the beleaguered airline is also dealing with contentious issues raised by the PAL Employees Association or PALEA, and the Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines (FASAP).

FASAP on Monday, rejected the P80-million one-time economic package offered by PAL management.

The PAL management is also locked in a dispute with PALEA over the former's plan to outsource its key operations, resulting in the mass layoff of about 3,000 employees.

Both FASAP and PALEA are threatening to hold a strike which could cripple the airline and affect tourism and trade.