CA [Court of Appeals] slashes back pay of PAL flight attendants, keeps retirement age [Philippines]

Author: Virgil Lopez, Sun Star (Philippines), Published on: 21 June 2013

FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will only have to pay P100 million of the original P220-million back wages of its flight attendants, whose compulsory retirement age was retained by the Court of Appeals [CA]. The CA…said…that Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz erred when she based PAL's financial standing on the records of another company…The Court said…figures were enough to justify the "precarious financial condition" of the…airline…On retirement age, the CA respected the contract entered into by PAL and Fasap over the years. It was not impressed with Baldoz's argument that the compulsory retirement age was discriminatory in the context of gender and equal work opportunity…[F]light attendants hired after July 16, 2007 must retire at age 40…A separate division of the appellate court last March favored PAL's move to terminate some 2,300 employees from passenger handling, catering and call center reservation departments in October 2011...

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Related companies: Philippine Airlines