TAP votes to strike through festive season

Strike || TAP votes to strike through festive season

Thousands of flights will be disrupted between Christmas and New Year as TAP workers call their fifth strike to affect Portugal’s national airline this year.
This latest strike in protest to the government’s privatisation plans is due to start on Saturday, December 27 and run through to the following Tuesday (December 30).
Backed by a group of 12 trade unions, it will involve pilots, cabin crew and ground staff.
“There is no need to rush privatisation,” the unions said in a joint statement put out today (Thursday), stressing the government’s justification for the sell-off is just “not credible”.
Unrest within the airline has been marked throughout 2014 – with endless stories of delayed and cancelled flights – to the point that economy minister Pires de Lima declared in July that TAP’s problems were “doing nothing for Portugal’s image abroad”.