Airline woes reflect chink in nation’s weak labour laws
By Gilbert P. Felongco, Correspondent, gulfnews.com
Published: 00:00 August 6, 2010
Manila: The Philippine flag carrier’s woes concerning the lack of pilots to fly its fleet is just a reflection of the problems experienced by the country’s labour and professional sectors, a lawmaker said.
“Brain drain is one of the repercussions of the poor labour practices. We are now experiencing the brunt of brain drain,” Senator Ramon Bong Revilla said.
Revilla issued the statement yesterday several days after at least 25 pilots of Philippine Airlines (PAL) resigned, leaving the national flag carrier with only a handful of pilots to fly its Airbus fleet.
The pilots said the main reason behind their resignations was to seek better pay and benefits offered to them by airlines based abroad.
Revilla said the recent resignation only mirror’s the country’s weak labour laws and inability to protect its working class.