In a statement sent to members, to which Lusa had access, the Civil Aviation Pilots Union (SPAC) cites the adage “Caesar’s wife is not enough to be serious, she must look serious” to criticize the TAP option.
“Following the justification rationale from those who choose to purchase cars during this very challenging time, which is based on miraculous savings, we offer the same “spend more to save” logic to restore dignity. workers,” the union said in a statement.
This is the news, reported by TVI/CNN Portugal and Away portal, that TAP has ordered a new fleet of BMW cars for administration and managers, replacing Peugeot cars.
In the memo, SPAC emphasizes that “while some are undergoing brutal pay cuts, while layoffs are still ongoing and quality of life depends on others, at the same time, the fleet of leadership positions is being revamped.” arguing that “the existence of social justice is indispensable for the existence of social justice.”
In this context, he believes that the “new attitude” to “expenses” should affect pilots when working conditions are restored.
“If this does not happen, we will be very surprised and will be forced to believe in the hypothesis that the TAP administration either does not want to use financial surpluses to fairly replace the working conditions of workers, or there is no financial surplus and this renewal of the fleet was paid for by reducing the wages of workers,” the statement says.
TAP claims that the renewal of the fleet for the administration and managers saves 630 thousand euros annually, justifying that the decision was based on this consideration while respecting the contracts.
“The Board wishes to clarify that TAP has a corporate fleet for administration and directors, which is in an operational ‘lease’ mode. With the option we have made, we are saving up to 630,000 euros annually if we kept the cars we have today,” TAP said in an internal statement, which Lusa had access to.
TAP justifies this by saying that 50 vehicles were at stake, for which a tender was held for the market, and six organizations were invited to participate in the Portuguese market.
“The offer with the lowest price has been selected, with a monthly income of 500 euros. For reference, other offers submitted by TAP with a more competitive cost included a monthly rent of 750 euros,” the company’s executive committee explained in a statement.
Also today, the National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel (SNPVAC) said in a statement that Lusa had access to that the TAP fleet renewal causes “a lot of shame on the part of others”, given that if it is not a sign of willingness to raise crew salaries, it is “shameful » a management act.
The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, also reacted to the news today, pointing out to the Portuguese airline a “problem of common sense”.
“I have already spoken about several public organizations in the past, about the distribution of dividends and about wages, and I understand that when you are in a difficult period, efforts must be made to set an example of containment,” Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa defended.
According to the President of the Republic, it is understandable that companies bear the costs, but he defended the need to “have common sense” when the country and the world are going through a “difficult period.”