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Portugal PM defends airline privatisation amid strike threat

13-12-2014
Portugal PM defends airline privatisation amid strike threat

Portugal's national airline TAP will not survive unless it is privatised, prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho said on Friday, defending a policy which has led the airline's unions to call a four-day strike during the height of the holiday season.

"If we leave everything as is, TAP will disappear," Passos Coelho said during a debate in parliament. Government officials were to meet union representatives on Friday to try and avoid the strike called for Dec. 27-30. With around 300 daily flights planned at the busy period, as many as 120,000 passengers could be affected by the strike and it would cost TAP millions of euros.

UPDATE: TAP unions call of strike

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