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Airline unions against the presence of foreign aircraft and crew in Angola

The Airline Pilots Union (SPLA), the Cabin Navigator Personnel Union and the TAAG Union Bureau, spoke out against the maintenance in Angola of two aircraft and 53 foreign crew members.


A statement from the three organizations regrets "the behavior of the management of TAAG - Linhas Aéreas de Angola, SA which has suppressed rights acquired by employees over the years, not allowing them to benefit from them".

The document's signatories emphasize that acquired rights were withdrawn, "which can be considered retaliatory", such as the withdrawal of tickets for facilities, laundry service and others, "depending on the attitude of employees, who have demanded better working conditions and better social conditions".

"Furthermore, these employees do not understand the reason for the maintenance in national territory of two foreign aircraft and their crew members (53), who came for a contingency plan to help a strike that was suspended, on the 11th of the current month", highlights the note.

TAAG pilots staged a five-day strike last week to demand pay improvements, which ended after the parties reached an agreement on a 20 percent increase in base pay.

To deal with the pilots' strike, TAAG's management created a contingency plan to safeguard customer trips.

According to the statement, the foreign crew members have been staying in a five-star hotel since October 7, "whose prices for each room are not less than 200,000 kwanzas, plus laundry service costs and other extras, with no obvious benefit. for the company, which also worries employees".

"Because we consider that there is no reason for TAAG to be spending these financial resources, which the administration advocates not having, and which consequently will not bring any return to the company", highlights the note.

Another issue that also concerns employees, continues the statement, "is the failure to recover the Boeing 737 and Boeing 777 fleets and, conversely, the rampant rental of foreign and national aircraft, as well as their crews, not using the human capital of the company itself. company, which in the medium and long term will lead to irreversible consequences".

The three organizations also expressed that they do not agree with the use of TAAG's name and symbols on leased aircraft.

"Similar to what has already happened in the company, we could be in agreement as long as the aircraft were operated and maintained mainly by the company's human capital", emphasizes the document.

The authors of the note warn about the imperative need for a change in customer service and the service that must be provided to passengers traveling on TAAG, since it is an air carrier that must aim to provide a service of excellence, better representing the country at the national and international level.

"Notwithstanding" these positions, the representatives of the employees "reiterate their full availability for dialogue with the management of TAAG, aiming at a favorable outcome of the ongoing process for all parties involved", stresses the statement.

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