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TAP Staff Cuts Will Have Detrimental Affect on Company

The National Union of Engineers, Technical Engineers and Architects (SNEET), warned today of the ‘extremely negative’ impact that the ‘indiscriminate’ reduction of essential contract workers, such as engineers, will have on the operational effectiveness of TAP – Air Portugal.

According to a SNEET representative, who recently met with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the consultants chosen to prepare and recommend a restructuring plan for the airline, the union acknowledged that there is a need to reduce costs and restructure the airline, but this should be based on sound operational and financial principles to the long term benefit of the airline, and as yet this has not been proven. The union also claims to have presented evidence that there are insufficient engineers at TAP, since the recruitment of these professionals has not kept pace with the increase in TAP’s fleet.

Boston Consulting Group (BCG) will present their findings and restructuring programme to the European Commission by the end of the year although their initial draft is expected to be presented by the end of October.

Samantha Gannon

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