MANILA, Philippines — Members of the Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA) picketing outside the gates of the Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) In-Flight Center (IFC) are being inspired in their struggle by the spreading Occupy Wall Street protests in the United States as well as the ongoing general strike in Greece.
“Our members are emboldened as they can easily identify themselves with the Wall St. protesters because of the similarities of our issues. Corporate greed and a failed economic model were moving people across the US into taking different forms of direct action,” said PALEA president Gerry Rivera in a statement.
The leaderless Wall St. protests have already spread across the United States and the number of people taking part keeps on growing despite attempts by the police to disperse the crowd. Dozens of trade union groups, including the Transport Workers Union (TWU), have also joined the protest.
“We Filipinos can also make our voices heard by doing similar actions against corporate greed and government neglect,” said Rivera.
Rivera, who is also the vice president of Partido ng Manggagawa (PM), said defenders of the outsourcing or contractualization scheme should see how this economic model failed the Americans, the Greeks, the Spanish, the Irish, and more and more people around the world.
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