Pasay court orders PALEA to stop protest action at IFC

October 18, 2011 9:49 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 18 — Pasay City court has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) enjoining protesting employees of the country’s flag carrier from staging protest actions outside the In-Flight Center (IFC) along MIA Road in Pasay City.

The injunction against the Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA) was issued by Pasay City Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Edwin Ramizo Monday afternoon.

In his order, Ramizo said the protesting former PAL employees were preventing and depriving the flag carriers of its right to operate the IFC.

The IFC has been the site of protest actions by PALEA members who were denouncing the contractualization program of PAL that led to the dismissal of some 2, 000 of their members.

Sought for comment, PALEA President and Partido ng Manggagawa Vice Chair Gerry Rivera slammed the injunction saying that the court was misled by PAL into coming up with the TRO.

“PAL misled the court into issuing a TRO by concealing that the protest camp at the IFC arose out of an ongoing labor dispute. Although Judge Ramizo should have also exercised prudence since the labor row is a matter of public knowledge. Similar to the Supreme Court recall of the flights attendants’ case, PAL is using the justice system to cause injustice,” Rivera said.

At the same time, he said they will continue with the protest and the camp-out at the IFC which he likened to the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York.

“Similar to Occupy Wall Street which has fought eviction by the New York City government and police, we will not surrender our occupation of the airport area despite continuing threats of demolition,” Rivera said.

He further said that the threat against the peaceful campout and the forcible eviction by protesting PALEA members at Terminal 2 last September 27 will be brought to the attention of Congress. The House Labor Committee holds a hearing this afternoon on the labor row at PAL.

The labor leader also questioned the wisdom of a regular court issuing an injunction, saying that they do not have the authority to issue such orders in cases originating from labor disputes as stated in the Labor Code.

“Injunction prohibited. No temporary or permanent injunction or restraining order in any case involving or growing out of labor disputes shall be issued by any court or other entity, except as otherwise provided in Articles 218 and 264 of this Code,” he said adding that Article 218 refers to the powers of the National Labor Relations Commission while Article 264 refers to assumption of jurisdiction authority of the Labor Secretary or the President. (PNA)

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