TAP pilots propose wage cut

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 20-12-2020 12:00:00 · 0 Comments

The Minister of Infrastructure said in an interview with Antena 1 that the Government will evaluate the proposal for pay cuts submitted by TAP pilots, to avoid further redundancies.

“We are available and TAP's pilots' union" have already made "a proposal that aims to avoid the number of redundancies that are planned with regard to pilots," said Pedro Nuno Santos, in an interview with Antena 1.

"We will make this assessment. I have not yet seen [the proposal], what I have been told is that a bigger cut is proposed and we are not closed to that, it is an assessment that one has to make, greater wage cuts to replace dismissals", continued the governor. "We are willing to accept the same conditions as those applied to Lufthansa pilots. The means of production are the same," Said SPAC President Alfredo Mendonça at a press conference in Lisbon.

The German airline fired about 20 percent of workers and made pay cuts of 45 percent for pilots and 25 percent for the rest. When asked whether this availability is only at the level of pilots, the minister said "no", although he stressed that "other areas of the company earn much less, so the margin to cut wages is also much lower".

The Government has submitted to the European Commission (EC) the initial proposal for TAP's restructuring plan, which foresees state aid of 970 million euros next year, the executive announced. According to a joint statement from the Ministries of Infrastructure and Housing and Finance, "an initial proposal for TAP's restructuring plan under the European Directive regulating State aid was delivered today to the European Commission."

The Government estimates that TAP will be able to start returning state support in 2025, but by then it may have to receive more than 3.7 billion euros, according to the Infrastructure Minister. Earlier, SPAC and the National Civil Aviation Flight Personnel Union (SNPVAC) had called on the Government to negotiate with Brussels to postpone the presentation of TAP's restructuring plan, denouncing that it is based on "completely outdated" market forecasts.



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