TAP will raise the minimum wage for its workers from 1,330 to 1,410 euros, retroactive to January, and reduce the pay cut suffered by pilots by 10%, the airline announced today.
“As a result of this open and ongoing dialogue, it has been decided to update the guaranteed minimum wage from 1330 euros to 1410 euros, retroactive to January 2022. This will ensure the principle of maintaining the protection of a level of remuneration uncut equivalent to two national minimum wages,” said TAP’s executive committee in a message sent to workers and accessed by the Lusa agency.
According to the letter, specifically for the pilots, the executive committee chaired by Christine Ourmières-Widener will “unilaterally reduce the cut they have suffered by 10%”, as well as pay landing compensation without cuts and retroactively 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, as explained in 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 for 2022” and, for 2023, “expectation is to increase 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 different trade union structures stressed that they include “the TAP executive committee putting itself in a confrontational attitude, breaking the process of conversations that had taken place, assuming from this moment all the responsibilities that may arise from now on”.
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, suspending 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 TAP”.
The executive committee also added that TAP’s path 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 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 fluctuations in exchange rates, due to economic developments and the war in Ukraine. .
“TAP must continue to fulfill all the assumptions and objectives established in the Restructuring Plan, approved just six months ago. The Company is committed to this plan and its survival depends on the fulfillment of the agreed commitments”, underlines the message.
The executive committee also specifies that the current salary reductions are a “commitment of each for the duration of the plan” and that they cannot be modified “simply because the volume of business increases”.
“Furthermore, one of the main objectives defined for these cuts was to be able to adopt a guaranteed minimum wage to which no cuts would be applied. The application of this minimum guarantee means that the effective reductions are not 25%, but vary depending on average between 12% and 15%.%,” the letter reads.
Regarding the pilots specifically, the executive committee acknowledges that the emergency agreement reached under the recovery plan is “more demanding and difficult”, due to the additional cuts, but affirms that they were agreed to preserve jobs for 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 TAP’s executive committee is committed to “maintaining an open dialogue with the unions, the pilots and all the workers”.