Maka-PAL o Makapal?

The resignation of seven Philippine Airlines (PAL) pilots caught media attention because of its effect: delayed flights and no flights at all for the poor passengers. Your immediate reaction could be, “Ang kakaPAL naman ng mga pilotong yan! It’s their moral responsibility to serve the country. Sa flag carrier pa mandin sila nagtatrabaho!”

What made them resign? Basta ayaw na lang? Sawa na sa PAL? Better offer sa ibang airlines? Better plane perhaps? Pero eto ang binalita kahapon. As early as January 2010, these pilots were informed that some of them would be transferred to PAL’s sister airline. This would mean a lower compensation. Parang kang na-demote kumbaga kung sahod ang pag-uusapan. At eto namang PAL pala eh pag umabot na ng 40 years old ang piloto, good-bye PAL na sila. Ganun ba kabata ang pagreretiro ng isang piloto? Is it the same policy with the other airlines? These pilots have mouths to feed. Baka nga yung iba sa kanila, wala pang ipon o sariling bahay. Some of them were informed that their tenure would end on January 2011. If you were in their position, wouldn’t you be tempted to find another employer?

Earlier, PAL contemplated of giving disciplinary (or legal?) actions to their ex-pilots. Six months kasi ang turn-over ng isang piloto ng kanyang eruplano. That’s the stick principle. Here’s the carrot principle: last night, PAL is encouraging their ex-pilots to come back to them. Their benefits will be given (at last!) and they will receive the same salary if they will be transferred to the sister airline. Kinda too late because for sure, these pilots have signed their employment contract to their new employer.

On the other side, their flight attendants have their own issues too with PAL’s management. Average salary (or is it starting salary?) is PhP 8,500. Glamorosa ka ngang tignan pero ganyan ang salary mo, baka kulang pang pambili ng make up yan unless they’re given allowances for that. But it’s good to see these two flight attendants on 24 Oras saying that despite the low compensation, they will be loyal to PAL because it’s an honor for them to be part of Philippine’s flag carrier.