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Pilots propose an alternative agreement. Sequeira and Frasquilho in Parliament

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The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the TAP Group, Miguel Frasquilho

A group of 60 pilots submitted a proposal, where they express their frontal opposition to the emergency agreement signed between the Civil Aviation Pilots Union (SPAC) and TAP in early February, and present an alternative wording, exposed in 18 points.

According to the weekly Express, the document, called the third copy, was released this weekend, days before the vote, scheduled for February 26.

The signatories underline that the Emergency and Temporary Agreement signed between TAP and SPAC “was made clear (…) that this, in the understanding of the SPAC Management, does not reflect the union’s negotiating will”, but results from “unilateral imposition” by the company, so the members mandate the direction of SPAC “so that it informs the administration [da TAP] that your proposal is unacceptable ”.

The group argues that the “retributive cuts, which are intended to be imposed on pilots, are much larger than those declared and accounted for publicly ” and underline that the company “Does not guarantee the preservation of jobs”.

“Forcing workers to negotiate with preconditions imposed from a position of strength is unacceptable, from an ethical and moral point of view, but above all even questionable from a legal point of view, being able to substantiate a ‘Leo society’ [em que um sócio fica com todo o lucro e sem participar nas perdas]”Wrote the group.

The group proposed alternative proposals in 18 points. Among these measures are the “application of the general cut of 25%, except in 2024, which would be 20%, as in the other classes, applied above 1,330 euros”, or the implementation of “part-time work, maintaining fully the provisions of the RUPT [Regulamento de Utilização e Prestação de Trabalho]”.

It is also proposed to maintenance of “all RRCE conditions [Regulamento de Recurso à Contratação Externa], including the limit foreseen for external contracting within the TAP group, of 17 planes in 2021, 19 planes in 2022, 20 planes in 2023 ″.

It is also requested that the monetary values ​​directly associated with the work that are not fixed costs, such as landing allowances, be applied only general factor of 25%.

The pilots also intend to unlink a future Company Agreement from fixed metrics as, for example, the wage bill is 173 million euros in 2025, as defined in the agreement reached by SPAC.

“No case of new hires of pilots for TAP SA, the order of hiring should be: pilots who were assigned to Portugáiia, pilots who left due to dismissal / termination, pilots who left in the training phase ”.

Among the 60 pilots who sign the document are two publicly known commanders: Jaime Prieto, former president of SPAC, and Hélder Santinhos, spokesman for the 10-day strike in May 2015, convened on the eve of privatization.

Ramiro Sequeira and Frasquilho heard in Parliament

The executive chairman of TAP, Ramiro Sequeira and the chairman of the company’s board of directors, Miguel Frasquilho are this Tuesday heard in Parliament, at a time when the unions postponed the ratification of the emergency agreements in the carrier.

The two responsible will provide clarification to the Economy, Innovation, Public Works and Housing Commission on TAP’s restructuring plan, which has involved complex negotiations with workers, following requests from the PSD and the Liberal Initiative.

On Friday, the Civil Aviation Pilots Union (SPAC) called the general meeting scheduled for Saturday, where it would vote on the emergency agreement at TAP, postponing it to the 26th, due to “some computer technical weaknesses“According to an internal message.

The union structure said that the chairman of the board of the general assembly was “aware of some computer technical weaknesses that may affect an important moment in the deliberative process” for the whole class. According to the same note, “this aspect is already safeguarded, and the necessary technical tests for the safety of the entire procedure are being finalized”.

The National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel (SNPVAC) also postponed to date the announcement of the vote on the emergency agreement with TAP. In the letter from the chairman of the board of the general meeting to the members of the SNPVAC belonging to the TAP group, dated Saturday, it can be read that the postponement occurred “in order to safeguard the best interests of the class”.

On its turn, on Saturday, the Government announced that TAP would advance on Monday, preventively, with the substitute regime, a unilateral solution pending the SPAC and SNPVAC decision on the emergency agreement.

According to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing (MIH), this is a “preventive measure if necessary”, while the Government is waiting “for the deliberations of the general assemblies of the only two unions that have not yet ratified the Emergency Agreement. ”.

The substitute regime makes it possible to apply unilaterally, among other measures, the total or partial suspension of clauses in company agreements.

On February 6, SNPVAC announced a collective emergency agreement with TAP, after 10 hours of meeting with the company, in which the parties agreed to reduce the redundancies to 166 crew members, compared to the 746 initially planned, within the scope of the restructuring process. of the company.

The agreement reached with the crew also 25% wage cuts in 2021, 2022 and 2023, while in 2024 the reduction is 20%. However, the cuts in pay do not affect wages below 1,330 euros, except in 2021, where the limit without reduction is 1,200 euros, plus six days per month of a remunerative variable.

The reduction in the normal working period will be transversal to all crew members: 15% in 2021, 10% in 2022 and 5% in 2023.

However, for Portugália (PGA), a cut in wages for cabin crew was also agreed. 25%, between 2021 and 2023, and 20%, in 2024, applicable to the portion above 1,330 euros.

The agreement between SPAC and TAP provides for wage cuts of between 50% and 35%, between 2021 and 2024, which already include the 25% cross-cutting applied to all workers.

According to the emergency agreement sent to members, this covers 1,252 pilots and provides for a 50% (2021), 45% (2022), 40% (2023) and 35% (2024) salary reduction, corresponding to “a a transversal reduction to all TAP workers in the amount of 25%, and an additional 25% in 2021, [de] 20% in 2022, [de] 15% in 2023 and [de] 10% in 2024, which aims to maintain jobs ”and with retroactive effect to January 1 this year.

Maria Campos Maria Campos, ZAP // Lusa

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