In the middle of the negotiation process between TAP and the unions on the airline's restructuring plan, Bloco de Esquerda (BE) proposed an audit of TAP's private management that will only have support on the left - the PCP, PAN and The Greens -, coming up against the opposition of IL, CDS-PP, PSD and PS. TAP unions have been warned by BE of this initiative.
TAP does not comment, referring to the “policy for the policy”. Ricardo Penarroias, director of the National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel (SNPVAC) - recalling that his union is independent and that he does not want to stick to any partisan initiative -, adds to Jornal Económico that, “personally I have nothing against it because an audit would make it possible to clarify whether or not TAP would be entitled to support related to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis, or whether, on the contrary, because of private management problems, it would not have access to such support ”.
"I am not shocked that an audit is proposed, but that is my personal position", underlines the union leader, explaining that his position does not bind the SNPVAC. Although the unions have been warned by BE, the positions taken by the parties should also not make the audit feasible. “These are political issues that remain between the parties”, comments Ricardo Penarroias.
Thus, the draft resolution delivered by BE in Parliament to recommend to the Government an audit of TAP's private management, will not reach any conclusion in the sense of knowing what are the effective responsibilities of businessman David Neeleman in the management of TAP and in the financial situation in that the airline is in, and the public interest has been harmed or not.
In a different context, and without making the Bloc's audit proposal viable, IL and PSD may agree to another type of audit. IL may even want to clarify the scope of the reversal of TAP's privatization and the consequent renationalization of the company.
Regarding the negotiations taking place between TAP and the unions regarding the company's restructuring plan, the unions do not intend to comment on the proposals that are being debated. However, the interim CEO, Ramiro Sequeira, recently sent a statement to the company's employees stating that “we continue to dialogue with all entities representing the workers and we are progressively involving all areas”.
“Once again, we ensure that we have all the details defined, they will be communicated to the entire organization”, he added in the statement, referring that “we remain convinced that the TAP Group's restructuring plan presented, which now lacks definition and concrete implementation, it will allow its gradual and progressive economic and financial rebalancing and, in this way, it will ensure its sustainable survival ”.
The interim CEO of TAP said, in the same statement, that the company had to readjust its flight plan to developments in the meantime recorded in the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic. Thus, Ramiro Sequeira announced that in the first quarter of 2021 TAP expects to “fly in February between 19% and 22% of the levels flown in February 2020, in the pre-pandemic” and that, in March, estimates “an offer of flights between 25% and 28% compared to March 2020, which was the first month in which we felt the impact of the pandemic, during which we cut our capacity by 34% ”, he says.