flight attendants’ union pushes for agreement with management
April 20, 2019
QUEZON CITY –
Millennial Cebu Pacific airline cabin crew and flight attendants are
now preparing for the terms and conditions that they are going to
negotiate with the management following a landslide ‘yes to union’
ballot turnout Tuesday, April 16th.
Promising Cebu Pacific Air
Inc. cabin crews and flight attendants union the Juan Wing Regular
Cabin Crews of the Philippines voted for the Associated Labor Unions
(ALU), the country’s biggest labor federation, as their sole and
exclusive bargaining agent at the turnout of ballot count Tuesday,
April 16, upon supervision by the Department of Labor and Employment
Final tally showed that
out of the 1,135 crews and attendants who cast their votes, 1,124
employees voted ‘yes to union’, 3 voted ‘no’ while 8 ballots were
declared by DOLE as spoiled. Overseen by DOLE regional officers, the
elections among the employees were held on April 1 to 5 at Manila,
Cebu, Clark and Iloilo airport terminals.
“With this certification,
the next procedure is for members of the union to discuss among
themselves what are the terms agreements of security of tenure,
wages and benefits etc. that they intend to offer and negotiate with
Cebu Pacific Air Inc. Management,” said Raymond Mendoza, President
of the country’s biggest workers’ group the Trade Union Congress of
the Philippines (TUCP).
“The union will negotiate
for better wages and benefits, better working conditions, and better
terms under the existing labor policies and regulations to improve
co-employees synergy and improve working climate that would benefit
the interest of both the union members and the management,” Mendoza
Aside from this, other
possible areas for negotiation between union and management are the
responsibilities of the parties, hours of work, leave benefits,
health and dental benefits, incentives, and other forms of benefits
such professional development benefits, and promotion of industrial
Mendoza said the
aspiration of the cabin crews and flight attendants to form a union
went through the legal step by step process mandated by the Labor
Code and other labor regulations.
"The TUCP family of labor
federations congratulates all members of the Juan Wing for
sustaining their united struggle to form a union and for recognizing
the TUCP's biggest affiliate ALU as their sole and exclusive
bargaining agent. These Juan Wing members possessed a unique brand
of principled young unionism and are professional, intelligent and
diligent workers eager to make a difference in their career and for
the company – a clear asset to the management of Cebu Pacific Air
Inc. and a very welcome addition to the labor movement," said
For his part, ALU National
executive Vice President Gerard Seno said they were overwhelmed by
the strong determination of the young workers to form a union in
this day and age when unionism is a hard sell.
“Congratulations to all
Juan Wing Regular Cabin Crews of the Philippines-ALU! With the
overwhelming 'yes to union' turnout today, each one of you have just
demonstrated to the world – with boldness – how determined all of
you to come together in achieving and creating genuine power for
Juan Wing,” Seno said.
“This unique brand of
unity that young workers from Juan Wing expressed together is a
timely infusion of a much needed young unionists to the larger
struggle of the Philippine labor movement to be relevant amid
globalization and the rampant incidence of modern-day abuse and
slavery among Filipino workers,” Seno said.
Meanwhile, ALU National
President Michael Mendoza said: “this resplendent 'yes to union'
victory that happened is also one of the beautiful gifts to happen
to Juan Wing mother labor federation, the country's biggest labor
unions the ALU as it renews its vows in being the forefront in
promoting and advancing the workers’ rights and welfare in
celebrating its 65 years founding anniversary on April 17th.”
Mendoza also said the ALU
hopes that the unionization of Cebu Pacific cabin crews and flight
attendants would embolden other young working people to organize and
protect themselves in the face of additional and emerging forms of
challenges in the world of work such as artificial intelligence,
work from home and telecommuting scheme and freelancing.
“This rare display of
young generation power coming together to create bigger power must
be sustained and nurtured by Juan Wing as they strive on to the
various challenges of achieving its full realization as a union. We
will do our part for Juan Wing to grow and impact other young
workers to organize as a union,” Mendoza said.
With the affiliation of
Juan Wing union into its fold, the ALU bolstered its position as the
biggest labor federation in the country by managing a diverse range
of local unions and collective bargaining agreements in air, land
and sea transport sector, banking, mining, garment, electronics,
hotel and restaurant, construction, media, logistics, food and
condiments, tobacco, banana, and pineapple.