TAP raises minimum wage to € 1,410 and reduces pilot cuts by 10%-economy

“As a result of this open and ongoing dialogue, it has been decided to renew the guaranteed minimum wage from € 1,330 to € 1,410, dating back to January 2022, which is equivalent to an uncut level of 2. The principle of maintaining compensation protection is guaranteed. The national minimum wage, “said the TAP Executive Committee in a message sent to workers and accessed by the Lusa Agency.

According to the letter, the executive committee, chaired by Christine Ourmières-Widener, “unilaterally reduces the reductions they received by 10%,” and retroactively landing allowances until January 2022, especially for pilots. Payment, “clawback” mechanism (do not plan overtime accordingly).

The “clawback” mechanism is provided in Section 12 of the ATE. [Acordo Temporário de Emergência] Also, according to a memo accessed by the Lusa Agency, a penalty can be applied to TAP if the annual flight time exceeds 300,000 hours. It also limits the inability of TAP to plan pilot overtime.

For the aircraft fleet over the next few years, the “executive team final decision” refers to “19 Embraer fleets by 2022,” and in 2023 “the Airbus fleet is expected to grow.” .. “.

“We are working on scenarios and are preparing them for shareholder approval,” he said.

On Wednesday, a group of unions representing the majority of TAP workers said the TAP executive committee had chosen to break the “consultation process.”

Various union organizations have stated that “TAP’s executive committee will take on all possible responsibilities from that moment, breaking the conversation process that has been taking place and taking a confrontational attitude.” I emphasized that I understand.

On Saturday, the Civil Aviation Pilots Union (SPAC) accused the TAP of taking an “incomprehensible bargaining stance” by giving an “ultimatum” as it gave a deadline to accept the proposal until Tuesday. Within the scope of reorganization.

In a statement, the SPAC said, “Because we know that the TAP is unlikely to respond, this letter clearly constitutes an unacceptable position for the company and shows an incomprehensible bargaining stance.” increase.

According to the pilot union, if the proposal is not accepted, “TAP will unilaterally change the ATE. [Acordo Temporário de Emergência]Reduced additional cuts to 10% [em vez dos atuais 20% adicionais] Until November 30th of this year, we will suspend the “clawback” mechanism for the same period.

Today, TAP has decided to unilaterally proceed with the changes proposed to SPAC.

In a message sent to workers, airline officials said that increased volume and activity “does not mean that the company is making a profit”, “recovery to make something sustainable”. It is necessary to fulfill all the financial obligations of the plan. ” TAP “.

The Executive Committee also added that the road to TAP recovery “has gained new momentum in recent months,” thanks to the beginning of market recovery and financial support from the state.

“But there is no doubt. The company is still at stake and its financial situation is still very vulnerable,” he said, adding new challenges such as economic development and fluctuations in fuel costs and exchange rates due to the Ukrainian war. Senior TAP manager to emphasize.

“TAP must continue to meet all the prerequisites and objectives established in the restructuring plan approved just six months ago. We are committed to this plan and its survival is an agreed commitment. It depends on fulfillment. “

The Executive Committee also makes it clear that current salary cuts are “everyone’s commitment during the planning period” and cannot be changed “just because of increased business volume.”

“Furthermore, one of the main objectives defined for these reductions was to be able to adopt a guaranteed minimum wage to which the reductions do not apply. The application of this minimum guarantee is an effective reduction. Means that is not 25%, but fluctuates between 12 and 15% on average, “the letter said.

Especially with regard to pilots, the executive committee recognizes that the urgent agreement achieved under the recovery plan is “more demanding and difficult” due to additional reductions, but hired during the planning period. Claims to have agreed to protect.

“Fortunately, the expansion of operations next summer eliminates the need to protect the work of the same number of pilots through a temporary emergency agreement, and TAP management is sensitive to this factor,” the message adds. .. The TAP executive committee is committed to “maintaining open dialogue with unions, pilots, and all workers.”

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