CEBU Pacific Air Inc. is gearing up for upcoming negotiations with its new cabin crew union, Juan Wing Regular Cabin Crews of the Philippines, after the union was formally established last week.

“In the coming weeks, we will be meeting with representatives of the Juan Wing cabin crew union. We intend to engage in healthy dialogue and ensure a positive and productive relationship,” Cebu Pacific COO Michael Ivan S. Shau told BusinessWorld on Sunday.

Last week, the ballot counting from the April 1 to 5 elections for the establishment of a union for cabin crew showed 1,124 out of 1,135 votes cast chose “Yes to union.” Both the elections and counting were overseen by the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE).

The Associated Labor Union — Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP), with which Juan Wing is affiliated, said that the newly-formed union is preparing to discuss issues like security of tenure, improved benefits, and fair wages for cabin crew.

“The union will negotiate for better wages and benefits, better working conditions, and better terms under the existing labor policies and regulations to improve… (the) working climate that would benefit the interests of both the union members and the management,” said TUCP President Raymond C. Mendoza in a statement on Sunday.

Mr. Shau said that the airline’s desire to provide all Cebu Pacific employees better labor rights has always been a top concern.

The JG Summit Holdings, Inc. unit said it practices are in line with the group’s engagement policy with its workers.

“(C)ebu Pacific believes that there is no differentiation between unionized and non-unionized employee groups when it comes to listening to and providing for the needs of our employees. In fact, JG Summit has a track record of maintaining open, transparent and mutually beneficial relationships with all 27 unions existing across the conglomerate,” he said. — Gillian M. Cortez