Strike action confirmed: TAP unions “torpedo” government’s peace plan

TAP || Strike action confirmed: TAP unions “torpedo” government’s peace plan

Over 120,000 passengers booked to fly TAP between Christmas and New Year are scrambling to change their reservations as unions confirmed last night the fifth strike this year to hit Portugal’s national airline.
At issue is the government’s decision to push ahead with privatisation which TAP workers claim is being unduly rushed.
Four days ago, economy minister Pires de Lima proposed a “peace plan” which involved the setting up of a working group to discuss workers’ grievances.
But the unions decided the plan could only work if privatisation was temporarily suspended. And thus the whole deal fell down.
Talking last night, transport secretary Sérgio Monteiro said “the way in which, only 72 hours after the meeting, they tried to condition the setting up of the working group… shows that the syndicates are not interested in any kind of negotiations and mean to push ahead with strike action over the festive season”.
It is a decision that has already prompted over 5,000 passengers to change their flights or ask for compensation, writes Público.
For now, the government is said to be “analysing whether it can advance with civil action to minimise the impacts of the strike” due to begin on Saturday, December 27 and run through until the following Tuesday (December 30).
As Público explains, this is the first general strike called by the unions representing all TAP staff since 1993. And while calling it was complex, it will be even more “delicate” to try and reach an agreement to suspend strike action.
Meantime, the national syndicate of cabin staff has withdrawn from TAP’s union platform, on the grounds that it disagrees with the statement sent to the government on Monday night.