Migrante to OFWs: Boycott PAL

Global alliance of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families Migrante International today called on all its member organizations, chapters and networks abroad to boycott the Philippine Airlines (PAL) in support of PAL workers’ protests against massive retrenchment, union-busting and contractualization of the Lucio Tan Group of companies.

“We fully support the fight of PAL workers. This is a clear example of how capitalist interests trample upon labor rights. We salute them for their resolve and commitment to fight for what is just despite suppression and under-handed tactics by the PAL management,” said Garry Martinez, Migrante International chairperson.

Further, Martinez criticized Pres. Aquino for ignoring the demands of the workers and instead taking the cudgels for business mogul Lucio Tan.

“It is clear in Aquino’s position that like other presidents before him he is powerless when it comes to big businesses. Hawak din siya sa leeg ng mga malalaking negosyanteng tulad ni Tan. Walang wang-wang pero okay lang ang Tan-Tan?” he said.

“We call on all OFWs to boycott PAL and take other airlines instead. Let us show our support for the PAL workers and protest against contractualization and union-busting by Lucio Tan. Let this action also show our condemnation of Pres. Aquino’s disregard of workers’ rights and blatant tolerance of Tan’s anti-worker schemes and policies,” Martinez said.

Migrante International has more than 200 member-organizations in 23 countries worldwide. ###

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