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TAP Protest Against Company Restructuring Plan

Dozens of TAP workers gathered today at the company’s facilities in Lisbon to show their discontent with a restructuring plan that “makes blind cuts” and warn that the company will not be able to take advantage of the economic recovery.

Marching to the sound of slogans including “We are TAP”, “We are Portugal,” “We want to work” and “What do we want? Transparency,” the protesters demanded answers, emphasising, that behind the number of redundancies indicated in the restructuring plan, there is a major human element to be considered.

The protest is backed by the movement “TAP numbers have a face,” which is not linked to a trade union representing the airline’s workers, while the strike follows on from the one that took place in front of the Assembly of the Republic building last week.

TAP’s restructuring plan will be delivered on Thursday the 10th in Brussels, the deadline date. Before then, the Government will hold ‘closed door’ meetings with various parliamentary party delegates.

The presentation of TAP’s restructuring plan to the European Commission is part of the conditions set by Brussels for the granting of a State loan of up to 1,200 million euros, to help off-set the company’s difficulties resulting from the pandemic.

The plan calls for the dismissal of pilots, cabin crew (750) and ground workers (750) plus a 25% reduction in the company’s payroll and a reduction in the number of aircraft in the airlines fleet.

Samantha Gannon

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