TAP pilots will vote on the emergency and temporary agreement established between the company and the Civil Aviation Pilots Union (SPAC) at an extraordinary general meeting on February 20.
“The chairman of the board of the general meeting, will convene the TAP Air Portugal Pilot Company Assembly, to meet in an extraordinary session, on February 20, 2021, at 10:30 am, exclusively through telematic means”, with a single point, refers to the call sent this Friday by SPAC to members, and to which agency Lusa had access.
The order of business thus includes the “assessment, discussion and voting of the emergency and temporary agreement” between the airline and SPAC.
The agreement between SPAC and TAP provides for wage reductions of between 50% and 35%, between 2021 and 2024, which already include the 25% cross-section 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 on January 1 this year.
However, according to the ECO, the lead is in sight. Strong opposition from members of the Civil Aviation Pilots Union (SPAC) and several sources assured the newspaper that a lead is expected.
Most unions already had authorization from members to sign the agreement, but there are three unions that have not yet done so: the National Union of Flight and Civil Aviation Personnel (SNPVAC) (representing 2,470 TAP crew); the Civil Aviation Pilots Union (SPAC) (with 1,240 members); and the Independent Union of Airline Pilots (SIPLA) (which represents 140 pilots from Portugália).
THE Business Journal had already advanced that the pilots were divided regarding the document and that alternatives are being studied.
This Friday, in the same message, SPAC sent yet another call for an informative meeting, in order to provide the necessary clarifications pilots before the vote.
“Taking into account, the moment and the urgency of information on the matter that is the subject of the agenda, and in order to reduce the call period in relation to its realization, comes from (…) taking the initiative, the president table of the general meeting, to bring together the TAP Air Portugal Pilot Company Assembly, calling it in Extraordinary Session, on the next 17th of February 2021, at 10 am, exclusively through telematic means and with a merely informative character ”, Refers to the call to which Lusa had access.
For the 17th, the only point is, then: “Information, analysis, assessment and provision of clarifications, about the emergency and temporary agreement between TAP, SA and SPAC – Civil Aviation Pilots Union”, they add.
On Wednesday, TAP warned workers that, if they do not approve the emergency agreements reached with the unions, “there will be no negotiations between the carrier and “the representative structures of these workers”.
In a message sent to employees, to which the Lusa had access, signed by the chairman of the Board of Directors, Miguel Frasquilho, and by the executive chairman, Ramiro Sequeira, TAP informs that “it approved in a meeting held today all the emergency agreements signed with the representative structures of workers”, recalling that “all the land unions have already formally approved their agreements, and they will be immediately sent to the Ministry of Labor, Solidarity and Social Security for registration and publication in the BTE – Bulletin of Labor and Employment ”.
“Still,” continues TAP, “and because some unions formally have to wait for their General Meetings, we will wait for formal ratification other agreements by the members of these workers’ representative structures ”.
The company then guarantees that, “in the event that these agreements do not merit the approval of its members, TAP will have no alternative but to unilaterally implement the Successive Regime to this group of workers “and that” it is therefore important to make it very clear that, should the agreements that need to be ratified in the General Assembly be rejected, there will be no further negotiations between TAP and the representative structures of these workers “, it reads in the same message.
The unions and the carrier announced that they had reached these agreements at the end of last week. In addition to SPAC, TAP’s seven land workers’ unions have agreed to cut wages over 1330 euros, Sitava Secretary-General José Sousa told Lusa, last Friday.
300 workers have already asked for voluntary measures
THE ECO adds that, on the first day of TAP’s volunteer programs, there were more than 300 formal applications. Airline workers can apply for termination by mutual agreement, early retirement, pre-retirement, part-time work and unpaid leave.
The process will run until March 14, with completion expected by March 31.
On the other hand, TAP’s flight operations director (DOV) expressed this Friday, in an internal message, his “High concern” in view of the company’s restructuring plan and said that the professionals “have been unaware of the company’s strategy knowledge”.
“I cannot hide my high concern, as we have been unaware of the knowledge of the strategy adopted since the beginning of the restructuring process, of the planned measures, of the agreements signed, of the criteria that may be used for eventual dismissals, in short, of all the vast information that is addressed to us from the most diverse quarters ”, reads in the letter.