November 25, 2017 | MANILA, PHILIPPINES

PAL promises to follow labor laws after DOLE audit finds infractions

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) pledged to comply with labor laws after an audit launched by the Department of Labor and Employment found the country’s flag carrier committing several irregularities.

In a statement, the company owned by Lucio C. Tan, Sr. said the Labor department sent PAL a copy of the results of the initial special assessment visit of establishments (SAVE) covering four stations in Bacolod, Dumaguete, Davao, and Zamboanga, which cited violations of several labor standards such as underpayment of wages, overtime pay, and underpayment of service incentive leave.

The “noted” infractions were committed by service providers of PAL and PAL Express (PALEx) stations, the listed company said.

“PAL Group Management (PAL and PALEx) shall exhaust all means to ensure compliance to general labor standards, labor laws and industry standards and practices,” the firm said.

The PAL management is verifying the labor-related allegations and has instructed all relevant domestic station operations heads to validate the DOLE findings.

“If and when these infractions are validated, PAL will require said service providers to comply within a specified period as provided by DOLE rules and require submission of respective proof of compliance,” the company said.

“As we strive to sustain safety and service as the cornerstone of PAL operations, we welcome the conduct of such SAVE assessments from the Labor Department as these ensure a check and balance mechanism, which will ultimately redound to the benefit of PAL and its passengers,” it added.

Shares in PAL inched up by 10 centavos or 1.85% to settle at P5.50 each on Friday. -- Krista Angela M. Montealegre