TAP Easter strike

Pilots approve strike between 7 and 10 Apri

TAP pilots - who are planning an Easter strike

Diário de Notícias reports that pilots yesterday approved an Easter strike, between 7 and 10 April, to pressure the Government to ratify the agreement signed with TAP, which restores working conditions withdrawn in 2021, announced the pilots union (SPAC).

The Easter strike was approved last night at an assembly of pilots, since “the guardianship is not committing to ensure this agreement with the new management” of TAP, a source from the Union of Civil Aviation Pilots (SPAC) told press agency Lusa. referring to the departure of the current CEO of TAP, at the end of this month, and the entry of the new executive president, Luís Rodrigues, after mid-April.

“Until the Government ratifies the proposal, we will maintain the strike”, explained a source from the SPAC management, insisting that “the guardianship is lacking to approve” the proposal agreed between TAP, whose presidency will change, and the SPAC.

The agreement between TAP and the union ensures a “replacement of working conditions withdrawn in the 2022 agreement”, they specified.

TAP profits at “workers’ expense”

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Earlier this week the Portugal News reported that the Union of Civil Aviation Pilots (SPAC) has accused TAP of profiting to the tune of almost €66 million in 2022 at the expense of workers’ wage cuts.

Reacting to the presentation of TAP’s results, which show a return to positive results ahead of the restructuring plan, after losses of €1,600 million in 2021, the union says that it will however give “a vote of confidence” to the TAP’s new Executive Board, which will soon take office.

“The meagre result of TAP last year was achieved only at the expense of wage cuts for workers, with the pilots contributing substantially to this, with a wage cut of 45% in 2022. We emphasise, therefore, that these weak results do not even cover the value of what would be annual remuneration, without cuts, for the pilots!”, says SPAC in a statement.

SPAC also says that the airline’s accounts prove that “it was and continues to be the workers and in particular the pilots, who financed the viability of the company, in their double capacity” of taxpayers and employees with the wages cut.

“We conclude, as we have been warning for a long time, that TAP’s Restructuring Plan only foresees, as a structural measure, wage cuts and the degradation of working conditions, without locating, eliminating or mitigating what in fact impacts sustainability of the company”.

The union also says that it hopes to be able to unite efforts between management and workers, with the new executive management, “so that those in the front line can be heard and contribute directly to the true reconstruction of the company”, of which everyone wants to be a part of.

SPAC’s accusation about the way in which TAP obtained profits last year, at the expense of wage cuts, was also expressed today by the Union of Aviation and Airport Workers (Sitava), which denounced that they were obtained “at the expense of the sacrifice of workers without looking at the means”.

Thanks to PeterA for both links

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