TAROM unions demand the resignation of the Board of Directors
TAROM, the air carrier of Romania, has become like a ping pong ball in the scandal between the members of the Board of Directors led by Dan Pascariu and the private executive management directly in front with Christian Heinzmann.
This battle leads to nothing good, it even destroys what has been built in the last 6 months. Christian Heinzmann, TAROM's private CEO, has done his job well beyond expectations, despite the accusations made by various CA members. Lucian Isar, a former CA member, writes on his blog that TAROM has been in profit since May. So how can a man be accused of incompetence when he brings the company to profit? Plus, the plan should be implemented in 4 years, not 6 months.
For several days, the TAROM unions have taken a stand and demand the resignation of the Board of Directors. I wish to establish a commission of inquiry from the Prime Minister's Control Corps in order to verify the abuses of the administrative and executive management, but also to detect the possible image and economic damages caused by the recent statements of the CA leadership, through the voice of its president, Dan Pascariu.
At a press conference held today - 18.07.2013, the secretary general of the National Technical Union TAROM (SNTT), Aurel Curdov, said:
“We, the TAROM unions, are tired of the suspense and the fact that there is no agreement at the top of the company. Basically, the Board of Directors embroils him in all the decisions he makes to the general manager Christian Heinzmann. I can give you countless examples. The company operates by virtue of inertia, because they fight all the time. Their rapacity - because the first thing they did was to get free air tickets and at the end of last year to propose bonuses for what they didn't achieve, but the company's employees. Mr. Heinzmann, I understand, stopped these bonuses, which were passed the following year. I mean, at the end of this year, he should get this bonus over 10.000 euros each ”.
“TAROM unions find disappointment that any appearance of CA TAROM's management in the media does nothing more than to bring repeated and serious damage to the company's image, which is likely to affect the reputation of its employees and undermine their efforts, supported by a strong competitive environment. and extremely difficult, both internally and internationally, to keep the company on an upward line in terms of the quality of the services offered to passengers ”
, unionists said.
Also, the trade unionists appreciate that Dan Pascariu abuses his position and allows himself "unjustifiably and defiantly" to disregard and humiliate the company's employees at every public intervention, proving, according to them, a lack of coherence and arguments in the interviews given.
In addition, the unions accuse the members of the Board of Directors of being preoccupied with securing their own incomes and benefits, proving a lack of real interest in establishing a climate of seriousness, professionalism, fairness and trust in their own values, by appointment to key positions. of people without a thorough training and experience in the field.
The "obsessive" concern of the CA for restructuring is also a topic on which the trade unionists sound an alarm signal, in the conditions where, they say, "they come with people from outside".
"They come with people from outside, they actually parachute in this company. We have people in the company who could hold these positions and are held on the messy wages. They have the necessary education and training. It may also require restructuring. Directors were brought ... the others did not change, they overlapped the others. We set up a direction to give a director out because it bothers the people in CA, after a while we set it up and bring one out and give him more money than the old directors. We bring in a communications director, we bring in chief of staff as well as salaries higher than the others, and we break the financial direction in three, to make room for others, from outside. And it's embarrassing to come to CA and propose a restructuring and get people out! We accept any variant, but we will discuss it and take theirs first, which they have brought ”,
affirmed the president of the Trade Union of Technical Exploitation of the Aircraft, Cristian Voinea.
In terms of personnel costs, the unions say that they represent only 18% of the company's budget, given that other air carriers are 25 - 30%. According to the unionists, the restructuring should begin with the board of directors.
Another problem is the lack of communication with the unions.
"We are in July and we have not yet been to any board meeting. Our mere presence could have made things better or we could have sounded alarms, because we get on airplanes, we fly with them, we repair them, we are among passengers and we are the ones who can make positive or negative signals regarding what happens in the company (...) I have never been their partner. They believe that a management plan can be implemented in offices by six people. There is no communication channel between CA and us. To be honest, yesterday and yesterday we were invited by the CA to a discussion on the management plan and the company's development strategy, but in the absence of the general manager Christian Heinzmann. I find it aberrant to just discuss with CA such an important issue. Then, the management plan was not given to us, but only a sketch of it ”
, showed, in turn, the president of the Romanian Pilots' Union, Octavian Iosif.
A few days ago, on the facebook page "Save TAROM"The following press release appeared:
The representative and united trade unions of TAROM Company take an attitude and launch a firm and open protest against the position and recent statements of the TAROM Board of Directors (CA), through the voice of the president or, Mr. Dan Pascariu, on various aspects regarding the management, organization and activity of the operator. aerial national.
• finds disappointed that any appearance of CA TAROM's management in the media does nothing but bring repeated and serious damage to the company's image, being able to affect the reputation of its employees and hamper their efforts - sustained under the conditions of a strong and extremely competitive environment difficult both internally and internationally - to keep the company on an ascending line in terms of the quality of the services offered to passengers;
• appreciates that Mr. Pascariu abuses his position and unjustifiably and defiantly allows himself to disregard and humiliate the company agendas at every public intervention, proving a lack of coherence and arguments in the interviews given, the unions considering all this unworthy for a high representative and decision-making factor of a TAROM reputation company;
• Mask and accuse openly and firmly:
o the rapacity of the members of the Board, focused mainly on ensuring their own income and benefits;
a lack of real interest of the CA for establishing a climate of seriousness, professionalism, fairness and confidence in their own values through appointments in key positions of people without a thorough training and experience in such a particular field;
an obsessive concern of the CA for restructuring (considered as an end in itself), thus exclusively understanding staff dismissals, without communicating in a transparent way the vision and strategy envisaged for the relaunch of the company, although spending with the staff represents only 18% of the budget company;
o the total unjustified increase of the expenses related to the establishment of new management positions, while, at the declarative level, there is the intention of restructuring;
• asserted with responsibility and firmness, on behalf of TAROM employees, that they will not give up fighting to save the company and the TAROM brand, a renowned brand, built in time and with the investment of many efforts from the employees.
In the context presented above, unions consider it appropriate and necessary:
real assumption of the responsibility of the CA regarding the repeated and acknowledged mistakes regarding the decisions taken in the implementation of the management program, a program considered an "experiment" by the CA President, through the collective and immediate resignation of the TAROM Board of Directors;
calls for the establishment of a commission of inquiry from the Prime Minister's Control Body in order to verify the abuses of TAROM's administrative and executive management.
MESSAGE FOR TAROM COMPANY PASSENGERS
The trade unions of TAROM, expressing the will of the representatives of the employees of the company, assure with full responsibility the passenger of TAROM as:
will continue to make every effort to meet the standards of flight safety and quality of services offered
TAROM has specialists with great experience in all areas of activity, who can answer all the challenges and will ensure that they will not stop fighting because TAROM continues to proudly carry the flag of Romania in the world.
Our message to you:
Keep trusting us - we promise not to disappoint you.
THE REPRESENTATIVE UNION TAROM
In the fall of 2012, I wrote an article in the ANAT magazine titled "TAROM, flaps up!". The main topic was TAROM and the situation at the time. In those lines I mentioned that I support the move to private management, but with the mention that the whole process should be depoliticized. I didn't change my mind. I support Mr. Christian Heinzmann and I trust that only such people will have the power to bring TAROM to the waterline. I got tired of the political interests, the hidden interests and the lies told by some of the CA members.
TAROM, flaps up!