Portuguese American Journal

Travel Alert | TAP aviation workers announce three-month long strike – Portugal

The National Union of Civil Aviation Workers (SINTAC), representing TAP Air Portugal ground workers, has issued a three-month strike notice regarding overtime work between March 28th and July 30th.

The union claims an agreement for salary increases, of between 6% and 10%, retroactive to July 2023, was not honored by the carrier and that TAP is discriminating against ground workers compared to others, leading to the decision to strike.

According to SINTAC, the agreement with TAP management was granted in February but “contrary to what happened with other workers, TAP did not fulfill its commitment to making payments agreed during processing.”

“Such omission represents a profound disrespect for those who, with a lot of personal sacrifices, helped to recover the company’s results and at the same time with the Union that represents them,” a statement said.  

The issued notice also stated that, during the three-month industrial action, beginning at midnight on March 28th and ending on July 30th, essential services for the safety and maintenance of equipment and facilities will be warranted.

The Union of Aviation and Airport Workers (SITAVA), another union representing TAP Air Portugal workers, has criticized TAP for excluding ground personnel from the recent company agreements, describing the situation as irresponsible and discriminatory. SITAVA is also negotiating to end salary cuts and establish a new agreement.

In 2023, the National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel (SPNVAC) representing TAP Air Portugal cabin crew, issued a strike notice for January 25-31, regarding TAP’s failure to reach an agreement with employers over cuts on salaries and working conditions.

TAP Air Portugal currently offers more than 1,230 flights per week on its network of destinations, which includes seven airports in Portugal, 10 in North America, 12 in Central and South America, 20 in Africa and the Middle East, and 44 in Europe.