TAP strikes are cancelled

Strikes planned for this month and next by cabin crew working for Portugal’s national carrier TAP have been cancelled.

The National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel (Sindicato Nacional do Pessoal de Voo da Aviagco Civil – SNPVAC) announced on May 31 that strikes would take place on June 18, 19, 20 and 25 and on July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

However, the union has now said that it has reached a compromise deal with the company and the strikes are off.

The president of TAP, Fernando Pinto, who said the strike would have cost TAP €5 million a day, said: “The important thing now is trying to minimise, and even recover, the damage resulting from the announcement of the strike, allowing the resumption of confidence of passengers. I never stopped believing that the sense of responsibility of the cabin crew would prevail.”

Ricardo Andrade, leader of the workers union told Lusa news agency: “The strike notice has been withdrawn, after TAP management reached an agreement with members of the Portuguese Ministry of Labour.”