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Portugal's TAP Cabin Crew Call Off Strike After Reaching Agreement

By Dave Simpson

Cabin crew at Portugal's TAP airline have called off a strike that would have forced the cancellation of 1,316 flights between 25-31 January after reaching an agreement with the airline, the SNPVAC union said on Monday 23 January.

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"There was an agreement but there is still a lot of dissatisfaction," union president Ricardo Penarroias told reporters after a general assembly.

The union had called the seven-day walkout to demand higher wages and better working conditions.

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Penarroias said TAP met 12 and a half of the union's 14 demands. According to him the airline failed to improve job contracts he described as "precarious" and did not add an additional crew member on long-haul flights.

"Problems did not disappear just because there was an agreement ... at the slightest slip we will return to the fight," Penarroias said.

TAP did not immediately react to the union's decision to call off the strike.

TAP said on Thursday 19 January that as a result of the strike they would have to cancel 1,316 flights, affecting nearly 160,000 passengers and costing them about €48 million in revenue.

The state-owned airline is under an EU-approved €3.2 billion bailout plan, which included the reduction of its fleet, the cutting of more than 2,900 jobs and lowering most workers' wages by up to 25%.

Previous Walkout

The union had called a previous walkout on 8-9 December, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights and affecting thousands of passengers just before the holiday season.

Read More: Planned Strike Forces Portugal's TAP To Cancel 1,316 flights

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