Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III believes that improving prospects for the airline industry could prompt the Philippine Airlines (PAL) to reconsider its plan to lay off 2,400 of its workers.

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Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III
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Bello said the airline business may start to turn around with the Department of Labor and Employment allowing more workers to return to their jobs abroad where health and safety conditions have improved.

“PAL may no longer pursue its plan to retrench workers if it sees signs of recovery at the horizon. The government is confident the airline industry can get back to its feet anytime now because we are already allowing more trips in and out of the country, especially the travels of our countrymen seeking employment overseas,” Bello said in a press briefing Thursday.

He also dispelled fears of renewed massive displacement of workers over the retrenchment plan of the airline due to losses brought by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is the prospect of better mobility and travel conditions that can make PAL change its mind about the fate of its workers. The good news is that things are improving in the country including the way we move from one place to another,” Bello explained.

The airline announced earlier this week that it would reduce its workforce by 35 percent as part of its recovery plan against the losses incurred by the health crisis. 

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