TAP: Pilots meet today to debate collective dismissal – Last Hour

TAP pilots are meeting today at a company meeting, convened by the Civil Aviation Pilots Union (SPAC), to debate the announced collective dismissal of 35 professionals and decide whether they accept to fly on vacation and time off.



In a notice sent this week to members, to which Lusa had access, the union explains that “at the express and urgent request of the SPAC management and taking into account the special gravity of the labor moment” that is going through, the chairman of the board of the assembly -general convened the company assembly of TAP Air Portugal pilots, “to meet in extraordinary session”, at 10:00 am today, exclusively through telematic means.

The agenda of the meeting has a first point for “exchange of information on the collective dismissal process of 35 pilots” and a second that will focus on a deliberation for “acceptance/non-acceptance of flights off/vacations”, second the missive.

“The assembly will start at the appointed time, provided that more than a quarter of the number of members are present, or half an hour later, with any number of members”, indicated the SPAC.

This Monday, SPAC appealed for members not to take flights on breaks and vacations and not “accept any unplanned activity”, to combat collective redundancies at TAP.

In a letter, to which Lusa had access, the pilots once again challenged this process, which involves 35 professionals, stating that the “grounds are illegal, incomprehensible and without justification”.

“We appeal to all pilots that, while this threat of collective dismissal looms, do not take flights off and on vacation and do not accept any unplanned activity. Do not contribute to dismiss your colleagues”, stresses SPAC.

“TAP understands that it does not need these 35 pilots to carry out the operation. However, what is verified is that TAP, despite having a number of pilots that it considers excessive, resorts to working on vacations and days off to solve the planning problems “, said the union.

The collective dismissal process of 124 employees initiated on July 7 by TAP involves 35 pilots, 28 cabin crew, 38 maintenance and engineering workers and 23 employees at headquarters, according to a message sent by the administration to the workers.

In the internal message, to which the Lusa agency had access, the executive president (CEO) of TAP, Christine Ourmières-Widener, highlighted that this number represents “a reduction of 94% less than the initial number foreseen and required by the restructuring plan” of the company, which amounted to 2,000 workers, this reduction having been achieved through adherence to voluntary measures, such as temporary emergency agreements with unions, mutually agreed terminations and integration in Portugália.

As he said, this allowed “the number of workers eligible for unilateral termination to be reduced to 124”, distributed among TAP’s main professional groups: 35 pilots (compared to the initial number of 458), 28 cabin crew, against those initially foreseen 747, 38 ME workers [Manutenção e Engenharia] Portugal (compared to the initial number of 450) and 23 headquarters employees (compared to the initial 300).

Source: SÁBADO by www.sabado.pt.

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