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article imageResigned Philippine Airlines pilots ordered to return to work

By Leo Reyes     Aug 1, 2010 in Travel
Pilots of Philippine Airlines {PAL) who abandoned their posts last Saturday were ordered by PAL management to return to work or they will face appropriate charges.
PAL management's decision for the recall came after Philippine president Noynoy Aquino voiced his concern for thousands of passengers who were stranded due to the mass resignation of the pilots.
“There has been disruption to our tourism efforts and to other aspects of the economy.... If this [pilots' not reporting for duty] is not warranted, they lay themselves open with appropriate charges," Aquino said at a press briefing Sunday.
“Many of them simply did not show up for work and just handed in their resignation letters. Some of them even owe PAL millions of pesos for the cost of their training," PAL said.
Among other things, the pilots were demanding higher pay and better working conditions. Most of the resigned pilots were moving to other foreign airlines that offer higher salaries and better working environment.
“PAL doesn’t want to get in the way of its pilots’ dream of landing better paying jobs abroad, but they have contractual obligations with the company and a moral responsibility to thousands of passengers," the Lucio Tan-owned airline said.
PAL management admitted that salaries of the pilots are lower compared to other foreign airlines but high enough based on local salary standards.
“Our problem is, our competitors abroad seem to prefer PAL pilots because they were highly-trained by PAL and renowned for their flying skills," the airline added.
In the meantime, at least six flights to various destinations remained unavailable as of Monday due to lack of pilots.
PAL did not say if the pilots have responded positively to its recall order.
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