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Expresso - Portugal | Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pilot strike would be stab in the back for Tap

The pilots of the Portuguese airline Tap plan to strike for ten days in early May to protest plans for the partial privatisation of the company. Such a strike would be entirely counter-productive, Miguel Sousa Tavares writes in the liberal weekly Expresso: "Those who are against the privatisation of Tap have several options for resisting it. The most effective is without doubt a ten-day pilots' strike. However this step has a 'small' disadvantage: it will prevent privatisation by ruining the company. The strike can certainly thwart the government's selfish, unpatriotic and never explained plans to part with Tap at any cost. … But the strike is also a stab in the back for those who have always defended the company and its employees, and it would also prove the government right in arguing that the company is not viable as a state enterprise."

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