ANA - Aeroportos de Portugal moves forward with “voluntary departures” plan

"In the face of a crisis that we now know to be lasting, it is also necessary, now, to resize our teams", said Thierry Ligonnière, in an 'email', sent to employees.

ANA - Aeroportos de Portugal, manager of national airports, will proceed with “a voluntary departure plan”, within the scope of the resizing of its teams, because of the impact of the covid-19, according to a message from the company's president.

“In the face of a crisis that we now know to be lasting, it is also necessary, now, to resize our teams. So, simultaneously, I asked each department to identify the current needs so that, together with the Human Resources department, a voluntary exit plan could be drawn up, ”said Thierry Ligonnière, in an 'email', sent to employees, to which Lusa had access.

“Three months ago, the foreseeable effects of the covid-19 pandemic on our business led us to initiate an important cost reduction plan to ensure that our company maintains a sufficient cash flow profile to meet our obligations until the end of the year. expected restart of air travel and tourism ”begins by explaining the manager.

Thierry Ligonnière pointed out that, taking into account that traffic was almost stopped “a large part of the services provided was renegotiated, some of them were internalized, postponed or simply canceled”, with the group, held by Vinci, reviewing “investments, maintaining this only work in progress and projects corresponding to contractual or regulatory obligations, or urgent heavy maintenance needs ”.

At the moment, the "level of traffic recovery is unfortunately far from what we expected, and there are great uncertainties", said the president of ANA, indicating the situation of TAP and SATA, as well as the absence of Portugal from air corridors with England as “reasons for growing concern”.

“The drop in traffic is accentuated by the proportional reduction in our tariffs, which our regulation requires us to do. On the unregulated side, there is a strong pressure from our customers, who are less resistant than us, to rebalance the conditions that would allow them to avoid a cessation of activity ”, stressed the manager.

Ligonnière then said that, in this context, it is necessary to intensify the “efforts to contain costs”, including the “utility of each expense”, and the reassessment of all purchases and to rebuild the cost structure “on a zero basis” .

"Also with regard to the wage bill, it is inevitable that we have to go further, favoring, whenever possible, the use of voluntary measures", he said, adding that two mechanisms were proposed to workers.

Thus, employees will be able to opt for the “reduction of working hours in person: the workers will be able to maintain, until the end of the current year, a reduction of 20% in their normal working period, receiving 90% of their remuneration” or by teleworking, in which “they will have the possibility, by the end of the current year, to access teleworking, reducing 10% of their normal working period and receiving 90% of their remuneration”, said the president of ANA.

However, “in the face of a crisis that we now know to be lasting, it is also necessary, now, to resize our teams. So, simultaneously, I asked each Direction to identify the current needs so that, together with the Human Resources department, a voluntary exit plan could be drawn up ”, concluded the manager.

In reaction, the unions Sitava (Union of Aviation and Airport Workers) and Sindav (Democratic Union of Airport and Aviation Workers) referred, with a statement that there was a meeting on July 07, between workers' representatives and the company, followed by the communication from the president of ANA.

On that note, the structures ensured that the movement at airports “is recovering”.

"We cannot ignore also that the business of this company is one of the most profitable in the country and that, year after year, ANA has shown extremely high profits that obviously brought it a unique financial strength in the Portuguese business universe", according to the unions, which point to “the very low weight that the wage bill has in the company's cost structure (less than 10%)”.

"Furthermore, in its unregulated business, all revenues were only deferred, not showing that ANA has any intention of renegotiating the amounts or even proceeding with any debt forgiveness", the workers assured.

"From the above, the position of these unions is that ANA Aeroportos de Portugal does not need to apply any cost mitigation measures and that we consider even something abusive and even revealing very little consideration for workers, the use of such measures", concluded the statement.

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