Negotiations between TAP’s management and several unions have been extended for Thursday to try to reach an agreement on the contingency agreements, which will replace the previous company agreements, after several meetings between the parties yesterday.
This is the case with the National Union of Civil Aviation Aircrews (SNPVAC), which today will have the continuation of the meeting that started yesterday evening and ended early in the morning.
On the part of SITAVA, which is part of a group of rural workers unions, its general secretary, José Sousa, told PUBLIC that yesterday’s meeting “ended without an agreement, but with the parties, TAP and unions that are already very close”. and “show intention” to speak again “in the next few days.” Therefore, the process is still ongoing today.
In the case of SITEMA – Union of Aircraft Maintenance Technicians, yesterday after the morning meeting, it was waiting for some data from TAP and for its President Paulo Manso as “the number of professionals in this class is considered a surplus”. As he told the PUBLIC, “the process is still ongoing”.
“After sending this data, which we are waiting for, SITEMA will meet with its staff” to “discuss whether or not to accept or reject the terms and conditions presented by the Portuguese airline,” said Paulo Manso. The meeting was scheduled for 5pm today.
The deadline for an agreement between the TAP government (with the government by its side) and the unions was expected to end last Sunday, but there was an extension, with a new round of negotiations starting on that day.
One of the new meetings related to TAP’s restructuring plan with the Civil Aviation Pilots Union (SPAC) took place on Sunday. According to Lusa, if an agreement was reached, a meeting would be planned in which members could vote on whether or not to accept the terms of the emergency agreement. The same is done with structures like SNPVAC.
Following a declaration by a company in a difficult economic situation that would allow it to suspend existing agreements and thus take measures to reduce staff costs, the government-appointed TAP made proposals to the unions for emergency agreements. These determine, among other things, changes in time and working methods (fewer people, more work) and a 25% reduction in wages, which even affects the calculation of the amount payable in the event of layoffs.
The unions have criticized the proposals and the restructuring plan itself, which envisages a scenario of 2,000 workers leaving as part of a broader cost-cutting strategy.
If there is no contingency agreement, it is possible to draw up a replacement agreement between the government and TAP, which will be valid until 2024 (duration of the restructuring plan presented in Brussels).