Eight of Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) in-flight pursers have been retired by the carrier after a court removed the legal obstacles preventing the termination of their contracts. The Manila court lifted an order which had prevented PAL retiring the employees, on the condition that the airline paid PHP5 million (US$114,000). PAL’s Vice President for Human Resources, Jose SL Uybarreta, denied that the retirement order is in defiance of the Department of Labor & Employment’s December 2010 ruling that set the retirement age of female flight attendants at 60. PAL has been embroiled in a long-running row with its flight attendants’ union over the retirement age of its members.
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