TAP Air Portugal employees are threatening to strike on December 8 and 9, 2022
Cabin crew representatives of at TAP Air Portugal they announced a two-day strike in December 2022, specifically to protest against wage cuts.
Notice of strike for 8 and 9 December 2022 it comes as part of negotiations for a new deal between cabin crew and Portugal's national airline. " The company's proposals are unsustainable, and the salary reductions unjustifiable. We must return to the situation before the pandemic”, said a representative of TAP employees for AFP.
Portuguese Infrastructure Minister Pedro Nuno Santos lamented the strike notice: “ Work with unions and structures representing TAP will continue, but it is bad to have a strike at a time when the company is recovering and showing the first positive signs of this recovery".
TAP Air Portugal, whose upcoming reprivatisation is attracting interest from the Air France-KLM group, indicated that it has doubled its passenger numbers to return to profit in the third quarter of 2022 with a net profit of 111 million euros. Portugal's national airline, whose difficulties have increased with the Covid-19 pandemic, was fully renationalized in 2020 in exchange for a restructuring plan imposed by Brussels. The 3,2 billion euro loan needed for the rescue plan provided for, among other things, a reduction in the workforce, a reduction in wages or a reduction in its fleet.
TAP Air Portugal has a fleet of over 70 aircraft and flies to around 100 destinations worldwide. In recent years, TAP Air Portugal faced financial problems and was even privatized, only things did not evolve favorably and the Portuguese state renationalized the company.