Philippine Airlines (PAL) has said that its meeting with a ground crew union and government officials will not lead to a re-negotiation of its Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The airline is embroiled in dispute with unions over the CBA, which sets out pay and conditions for employees. But PAL President, Jaime Bautista, said that it was not prepared to discuss the terms of the deal.
“The PAL management is not going there to discuss any CBA,” Bautista said, adding that the purpose of the meeting was is to explore other ways of settling the labour dispute. PAL is also committed to selling off three subsidiary units, Bautista said. The sale of ground services, catering and call centre units is one of the main causes of the dispute.
“PAL’s position has remained unchanged: the spin-off is a necessary element of its survival strategy,” Bautista insisted.