Philippines: PALEA picket Qantas office, Oz embassy in support of Qantas workers

By Labor Party - Philippines

The Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA) and Partido ng Manggagawa (PM - Labor Party - Philippnes) picketed the Qantas office and Australian embassy in a show of solidarity for the embattled workers of the Australian flag carrier. “We extend the hand of solidarity to our brothers and sisters who are for fighting for job security, decent pay and better working conditions. The struggles they are waging mirror the same demands that we are currently fighting for at PAL,” declared Gerry Rivera, PALEA president and PM vice chair.

In the land of “Fair-go”, why aren’t Qantas being grounded like Tiger?

The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) decided to make history on 1 July 2011 by grounding an entire airline - Tiger Airways for almost six weeks over the incidents in which the same pilot twice flown too low into airports in Melbourne within a time-frame of slightly more than 3 weeks in June. The suspension on Tiger Airways has being partially lifted by CASA on 10 August with the imposition of new conditions on Tiger's air operator's certificate.