Portugal's TAP Cabin Staff To Strike At End Of January

By Dave Simpson
Portugal's TAP Cabin Staff To Strike At End Of January

Cabin crew at Portugal's state-owned airline, TAP, will strike for seven days at the end of January to demand higher wages and better working conditions, the SNPVAC union has said.


The move comes after a walkout on 8-9 December forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights and affected thousands of passengers just before the holiday season. TAP usually flies 300 flights a day.

During the December strike, the airline said the two-day action would cost it around €8 million in revenue.

"Tomorrow we will issue a pre-strike notice of seven days, from 25 to 31 of January," the union said in a statement.

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



But the cuts have come at a time when surging inflation has left workers struggling with higher costs.

The pace of consumer price growth slowed in December in Portugal but inflation is still near three-decade highs.

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