Statement of Support to PALEA’s Fight Against Contractualization

Every Filipino should have the right to a secure job; it is one of the basic human rights every person is entitled to.

Today, Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA) face a bigger storm than Pedring. In fact, they have been going through the storm for quite a while now. Philippine Airlines, the biggest airline company in and which happen to be the flag carrier of the Philippines, plans to lay-off 2,600 employees and re-hire them as contractual workers for the company. This translates to lower wages, lack of benefits, and an unsecure future.

A PAL employee, for example, who has been in service for 20 years, and earning enough to secure a bright future for his/her family, will be laid-off, re-hired, forced to sign a contract, given minimum wage and no benefits, worried whether he/she will still have a job after 6 months.

Although outsourcing has been the trend of the capitalists these days, this kind of trade steals away dreams and a good, secure future of a Filipino. Corporate bosses are willing to give up many Filipinos dreams and future if only to become richer. They are wolves devouring on ordinary citizens and workers.

If we allow this oppression to continue; if we allow our fellow Filipinos to be robbed a good future from; if we allow to be content with what the rich capitalists like Lucio Tan says is enough for us to live by day by day, then we must be ashamed of ourselves because it means we have given up on fighting for what is truly ours and we have lost our dignity.

Dakila supports PALEA in its war against Contractualization. Everyday, Filipinos lose their future in this storm and drown in a flood of struggles. How will we survive?

Dakila salutes the 2,600 strong PALEA workers who dare to defend their jobs and future.

Yes to a life of dignity and security! Support PALEA’s struggle against Contractualization! End “Endo”!


Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism



About Dakila

DAKILA (nobility) - Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism is a group of artists, students and individuals committed to advocating social consciousness formation through the arts.

Posted on October 1, 2011, in Advocacy, Main, Press Statement and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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