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TAP: minimum strike services cover Portuguese-speaking countries and Portuguese communities

The minimum services for the strike by the cabin crew of the Portuguese TAP, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, cover the autonomous regions, the Portuguese-speaking countries and areas with Portuguese emigrants, according to a published ruling.


Thus, according to the document, published on the website of the Economic and Social Council, the Arbitral Tribunal decided that three daily flights and return trips to the Azores will have to be ensured, “two to Ponta Delgada and one to Terceira ” and “two daily flights to and from the Autonomous Region of Madeira”.

With regard to the remaining operation, the ruling defined a return flight on each of the days of the strike to: Angola, Brazil (São Paulo), France, Belgium, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland.

The document also states that a one-way flight will have to be made throughout the period of this strike to Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and Cape Verde.

Finally, other types of flights will have to be assured, such as military ones, imposed by security and emergency situations and by the State.

“The other services for these flights must be ensured, namely assistance, reservations and 'on call' services”, he highlighted, determining that the representatives of the unions must identify the “workers assigned to such obligation”, and if this does not happen, it will be up to to employers.

TAP said, on 23 November, that it would cancel 360 flights on 8 and 9 December, days of the cabin crew strike, affecting around 50,000 passengers and a loss of eight million euros in revenue.

"[The union] decided to hold the assembly on December 6, two days before the strike. [...] Whatever the union decides, and because of the size of TAP, it will be too late to do something properly organized. That's why we took the decision to cancel 360 flights, on the 8th and 9th of December", said the executive president of TAP, Christine Ourmières-Widener, at a press conference at the airline's headquarters.

The TAP crew will go ahead with a strike on the 8th and 9th of December, called by the National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel (SNPVAC), pointing to "discontent, revolt and malaise" among workers as reasons.

TAP and the unions are in negotiations for the revision of the Company Agreement (AE), within the scope of the restructuring plan.

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