Pilots vote TAP emergency agreement at general meeting on February 20 – Aviation

“(…) the chairman of the board of the general meeting, comes to call the TAP Air Portugal Pilots 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 today by SPAC to members, and to which agency Lusa had access.

The order of business thus includes the “examination, discussion and voting of the emergency and temporary agreement” between the airline and SPAC.

As Lusa reported on February 6, the agreement between SPAC and TAP foresees 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 on January 1 this year.

Today, in the same message, SPAC sent yet another call for an informative meeting, in order to provide the pilots with the necessary clarifications 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 chairman of the board of the general meeting, to bring together the TAP Air Portugal Pilot Company Assembly, calling it in an Extraordinary Session, on February 17, 2021, at 10:00 am, exclusively through telematic means and with a purely informative character “, says 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 further negotiations” between the carrier and “the structures representing these workers”.

In a message sent to employees, to which 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 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 BTE – Boletim do Labor and Employment “.

“Still,” continues TAP, “and because some unions formally have to wait for their General Meetings to be held, we will wait for the formal ratification of the remaining 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 important, therefore, to leave a lot of of course, if the agreements that need to be ratified in the General Assembly are rejected, there will be no further negotiations between TAP and the representative structures of these workers “, the same message reads.

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 1,330 euros, Sitava’s general secretary, José Sousa, told Lusa last Friday.

Source: Jornal de Negócios by www.jornaldenegocios.pt.

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