After the emergency agreements were approved that Friday by the last two groups of TAP workers who had not yet spoken, the cabin crew members of the National Union of Civil Aviation Flightcrews (SNPVAC) and the Union of Civil Aviation Associate Pilots were pilots (SPAC) the air carrier must now close the package of voluntary measures to determine how many people will leave the company.
As part of these measures, applications by employees for early and early retirement as well as voluntary dismissals (there is still unpaid leave and part-time work) are counted. In addition to the statutory provisions, the latter include an increase of 25% and a bonus of 2.5 salaries up to the limit of 250,000 euros with access to unemployment benefits.
In cases where the amount payable to the employee exceeds 50,000 euros, TAP divides the amount into three years: 40% in the first year and 30% in each of the following two years (with a bonus of 5%). .
With the emergency agreements, which will remain in force until the end of 2024 and vary depending on the occupational class and outcome of the negotiations, around 1,200 jobs have been saved (including the crew, pilots and ground staff associated with SITEMA, after deepening cuts when they were on general level) of the year 2000, which TAP had classified as “excessive”.
Thus, almost 800 workers are still at risk, which opens the door to collective layoffs in this joint-stock company (the state now holds 72.5% of the capital). However, this will only be determined after March 14th, the date when the deadline for joining Voluntary Actions ends and the end of that month will take effect.
Last Tuesday, TAP Executive President Ramiro Sequeira confirmed in a parliamentary hearing that the measures have “positive liability” with “more than 300 candidacies” within the various modalities, without discriminating against them.
Access to discharge brings new savings
The measures foreseen in the agreements to cut staff costs will come into force for the time being in March (starting with a general 25% reduction in the salary of salaries above € 1,330), and the company announced on Friday that it would cede to the layoff regime the next day 1, whereby a large part of the wage costs can be transferred to the social security.
In the message to the workers signed by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Miguel Frasquilho, and Ramiro Sequeira, it is stated that the company “will resort to the classic dismissal”, that is to say to the modality that already existed before the variants of this mechanism emerged below the Covid-19 pandemic.
Managers clarify that “compliance with this rule will not result in a reduction in compensation in addition to that resulting from the reductions already provided for in the applicable contingency agreements” and that compliance can be extended by twelve months. “All employees are individually informed of the modality that is being applied to them,” they explain.
According to the law “during the period of reduction or suspension [ligado ao layoff]as well as in the 30 or 60 days after the application of the measures, the employer cannot terminate the employment contract covered by these measures, depending on how long the respective application does not exceed or exceed six months. “
However, this does not mean that the company rules out collective layoffs. One hypothesis, according to the information gathered by the PUBLIC, is that TAP can review the universe of workers affected by the layoff in a given period and then prepare the process. The PUBLIC sent questions to TAP on the matter, but was unable to get answers.
The statement sent by the administration to the workers says nothing about the downsizing. In this message, managers underline that the victims are “numerous and very serious” and reiterate that the aim is “to ensure the sustainability and viability of TAP”.
That Saturday, the government also spoke to the Department of Infrastructure and issued a statement saying nothing about what has yet to be defined in terms of the final workforce. Regarding the vote on the emergency agreements that took place this Friday, the ministry, headed by Pedro Nuno Santos, said that “was the essential step that had to be completed in order to complete a very demanding period in which it was for the company was possible and the workers agree on the remuneration and working conditions that will apply during the implementation of the restructuring plan over the next four years. “
What was negotiated underlines “even more credibility for the restructuring plan that the Portuguese state will continue to negotiate with the European Commission over the next few weeks”. “Completing this negotiation process and defining the restructuring plan that the company will implement by 2024 will allow us to begin a new phase in the life of TAP,” the same statement said.