Portugal -TAP pilots on ten day strike -May 07, 2015

Strike as Pilots claim management has disrespected the guarantees from earlier agreements.

Pilots and deck crew of TAP Portugal and Portugalia went on strike from 1 to 10 May. The strike was called after the pilots’ union said that the government and TAP management had broken promises that were made at the start of the ongoing process of privatisation. In 1999 and December 2014, a general agreement was signed which gave pilots the right to shares of up to 20 percent in the capital in case the airline was privatised. When the privatisation process was started in the middle of the economic crisis, however, the clause was initially ignored, prompting large scale protests reported in this newsletter. An agreement in December 2014 appeased the row, but pilots now claim that management has disrespected the guarantees from both agreements. The ten day strike action affected an estimated 300,000 passengers on 300 flights and took place in the week ahead of the deadline for investors’ bids to buy a majority share in TAP.

English: http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/tap-estimates-majority-of-flights …  

http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/portugal-braces-for-air-travel-chaos …

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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