TAP increases the minimum wage to 1,410 euros and reduces the pilot cut by 10% – Economy

“Following this open and ongoing dialogue, it was decided to update the guaranteed minimum wage from 1,330 euros to 1,410 euros, retroactively to January 2022. This will ensure the principle of maintaining protection of a level salary equivalent to two national minimum wages. “, declared the executive committee of the TAP in a message sent to the workers and to which the Lusa agency had access.

According to the letter, specifically aimed at the pilots, the executive committee chaired by Christine Ourmières-Widener will “unilaterally reduce the drop they have suffered by 10%”, as well as pay the landing compensation uncut and retroactive to January 2022. and suspending the application of the “clawback” mechanism (and not planning overtime accordingly).

The ‘clawback’ mechanism is provided for in Article 12 of the ETA [Acordo Temporário de Emergência] and allows the application of a penalty to TAP if it exceeds 300,000 annual flight hours and also limits that TAP cannot schedule overtime for pilots, according to a note to which the Lusa agency had access.

As for the aircraft fleet for the coming years, the company said that “the management team’s final decision” points to an “Embraer fleet of 19 aircraft by 2022” and, for 2023, “the expectation is to expand the Airbus fleet”. »

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

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

The various trade union structures have stressed that they understand “the executive committee of TAP to put itself in an attitude of confrontation, breaking the process of conversations that was taking place, assuming from this moment all the responsibilities that can henceforth derive from it”.

On Saturday, the Union of Civil Aviation Pilots (SPAC) accused TAP of adopting an “incomprehensible negotiating position” by issuing “an ultimatum”, since it will have given a deadline, until Tuesday, to accept its proposal under penalty of modifying the agreement. as part of the restructuring.

In a press release, the SPAC specifies that, “knowing TAP that there is no possibility of a response, this letter clearly constitutes an unacceptable position of the company, demonstrating an incomprehensible negotiating posture”.

According to the pilots’ union, if the proposal is not accepted, “TAP unilaterally modifies the ATE [Acordo Temporário de Emergência]with the reduction of the surcharge to 10% [em vez dos atuais 20% adicionais] until November 30 of the current year, with suspension of the ‘clawback’ mechanism for the same period”.

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

In the message sent to workers, officials of the air carrier warn that the growth in volume and activity “does not mean that the company is profitable”, being necessary “to meet all the financial obligations of the recovery plan to create a sustainable economy. FAUCET”.

The executive committee also adds that TAP’s road to recovery has “gained new momentum in recent months”, thanks to the beginning of the market recovery and the financial assistance of the State, without which “the company will not ‘would not have survived’.

“But let there be no doubt: the company is still in crisis and the financial situation is still very fragile,” say TAP officials, who highlight new difficulties such as the cost of fuel and the fluctuation in exchange rates, due to economic developments and the war in Ukraine. .

“TAP must continue to fulfill all the assumptions and objectives set out in the restructuring plan, approved just six months ago. The Company is committed to this plan and its survival depends on the respect of the commitments made”, underlines the message.

The executive committee also specifies that the current salary reductions are a “commitment of each during the duration of the plan” and that they cannot be modified “simply because the volume of business increases”.

“In addition, one of the main objectives set for these cuts was to be able to adopt a guaranteed minimum wage to which no cut would be applied. The application of this minimum guarantee means that the effective reductions are not 25%, but vary on average between 12 and 15%,” the letter states.

Regarding the pilots specifically, the executive committee acknowledges that the emergency agreement reached under the recovery plan is “more demanding and difficult” because of the additional cuts, but affirms that they were agreed to preserve jobs during the duration of the plan.

“Fortunately, due to the growth in operations for next summer, it is no longer necessary to protect the same number of pilot jobs through the temporary emergency agreement, and TAP management is sensitive to this factor”, adds the message which guarantees that The Executive Committee of the TAP is committed to “maintaining an open dialogue with the unions, the pilots and all the workers”.

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