Taipan suspected to be Human Rights Violator

Taipan suspected to be Human Rights Violator

“The Philippine Commission on Women has already pronounced that PAL's policy towards its female flight attendants is discriminatory. The Commission on Human Rights chair, Ms Etta Rosales, has also pointed-out that PAL's retirement, pregnancy and maternity provisions for flight attendants are sexist and discriminatory, in violation of their human rights,” Anduiza said.


PAL cabin crews to strike
By Abigail Kwok

Filed Under: Protest, Air Transport, Labour dispute, Lucio Tan

MANILA, Philippines—After talks with the Philippine Airlines management bogged down, a group of flight attendants and stewards on Wednesday announced it will push through with its labor strike sometime between October and November.

In a statement, the Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines (FASAP) said it would no longer enter into further negotiations with PAL after its management refused to fix the mandatory retirement age of flight attendants and to correct the minimum wage levels for flight attendants and stewards as mandated by law.

Bob Anduiza, president of the 1,600-strong FASAP, said the strike will be held sometime between the end of October and the first week of November.

The decision to push through with the strike came after Tuesday’s meetings of the labor group with PAL at the National Conciliation and Mediation Board of the Department of Labor and Employment ended in a deadlock.

FASAP said that PAL still insists on paying P8,605 as minimum monthly wage of flight attendants instead of the P12,288 minimum pay mandated by the Department of Labor and Employment.

“It clearly showed that the PAL flight attendants' entry level pay of P8,605 is way, way below the present P12, 288 minimum wage,” Anduiza said.


Ultimatum for Bong Tan

TAIPAN Lucio Tan has drawn a very public line in the sand for his namesake son, Lucio “Bong” Tan Jr., about his reported acquisition of the publicly-listed MRC Allied Industries.

The taipan placed paid advisories in the newspapers for the past two days clarifying that the Lucio Tan Group of Companies have “no corporate ties or any business dealings” with MRC Allied, a shell company controlled by investor and real estate developer Benjamin Bitanga.

The ads are the culmination of a series of moves, both intimidating and conciliatory, from the taipan’s trusted aides to frustrate Bong Tan’s desire to start a business outside the family conglomerate.

These moves included, according to the pro-Bong Tan grapevine, writing the Chinese embassy to forewarn possible Chinese investors about a power plant venture, calling up DMCI’s Isidro Consunji about the son’s planned acquisition of AG& P, and, even earlier, unseating the son from the presidency of Tanduay Distillers and dumping his office belongings in a box.

The pro-taipan grapevine, on the other hand, claim the old man just wanted to inform the son’s potential partners that the patriarch would no longer throw a financial lifeline to his eldest son’s next venture just like what he did when he ended up cleaning up the P3-billion disaster of the son’s Catering-X business during the regional currency crisis.

On a personal level, the pro-taipan grapevine has been trying to impress on the US-educated, 43-year-old heir to cut down on golf and basketball and spend more time with the family business. Why can’t he be like his half-brother Michael Tan and his uncles Harry Tan and Domingo Chua, who are at the beck and call of the 75-year-old patriarch, especially with the king-sized headaches that Philippine Airlines has lately been giving him? the pro-taipan chatter asked.

PAL Holdings, incidentally, will hold a stockholders’ meeting at Century Park Thursday; the press should have more clues on the direction of this brewing family split, should Bong Tan, a company director, decide to appear. Or not.


Heard through the grapevine

The Bank of the Philippine Islands has concluded due diligence work on Philippine National Bank and Allied Bank, a claim being strongly denied by key Lucio Tan officials.


From the grapevine

First come, first served

Claims on the $4 billion wealth of an ailing Taipan has started. A child is reported to have sued his rich father for his share of the sprawling empire.

Sadly, mistresses have no right to the treasures.


The absent Tans
October 4, 2010

LUCIO Tan Sr. and Lucio Tan Jr. were both absent in Thursday’s annual stockholders’ meeting of PAL Holdings at the taipan’s Century Park hotel.

The patriarch, along with wife Carmen, was reportedly in China for the Oct. 1 national day celebrations; the junior Tan, despite telling his uncle Harry Tan that he would attend, decided not to show up as well.

Uncle Harry neatly deflected possible inquiries about the reported fissures between the patriarch and his oldest son, cutting off a reporter’s question by saying, in Pilipino, “those are just rumors,” as he hurriedly walked away from the media pack.
The shareholders’ meeting was short and went without a hitch along the prepared script. Even the restive flight attendants’ union of Philippine Airlines stayed away.

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