Cebu Pacific, new union to start collective bargaining talks

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 02 2019 02:24 AM

MANILA - Cebu Pacific and a new cabin crew union will hold a dialogue to begin negotiations towards a collective bargaining agreement.

Fair wages and healthy work schedules are among the agenda of the meeting, a union official told ABS-CBN News.

The meeting is expected to happen soon following the creation of a technical working group from the country's top budget airline.

The union, consisting of junior flight crew, was established in April, wherein 1,124 out of 1,135 voted "yes." It is the first ever union created for Cebu Pacific employees.

A union official earlier told ABS-CBN news that some 90 cabin crew have filed for maternity leave, forcing other employees to render flight duty.

Attrition is also reportedly significant, though the carrier continuously trains new cabin crew, the union added. Employees have left the airline to seek better compensation and schedule.

Cebu Pacific has canceled more than 100 flights allegedly due to insufficient manpower, which the airline had denied and instead blamed on many factors, such as heavy traffic and damaged aircraft. - report from Raoul Esperas