The crisis in the air sector worsened, because while President Andrés Manuel López Obrador affirmed that there will be no rescue of Interjet, an airline that is on strike, Aeroméxico works against the clock so that the Ministry of Labor allows it to terminate the contract with pilots and flight attendants to get off labor costs and thus complete a loan for one billion dollars as part of its restructuring.
The president ruled out that his government will implement a rescue plan for Interjet, after the workers went on strike on January 8.
In the morning conference he trusted that the owners of the company apply a plan to move it forward or look for partners to do it and in this way avoid job losses.
López Obrador said that “it must be understood that the government cannot be rescuing companies, it was abused a lot. With the Altos Hornos there were proposals in that sense, because in effect there are many jobs, but if we dedicate ourselves to that then the government fails, the public finances bankrupt or we get into debt, it is the Fobaproa method ”.
He said that the Interjet crisis has to do with the problems generated by the pandemic, but also had already been dragging financial issues, including debts with the SAT. For this reason, he said that using public money to rescue a company is not viable because those resources have to be used to improve education or the country’s health sector.
However, he celebrated that there are airlines that continue to function well despite the crisis: “There are aviation companies that are operating well, I have information that there is no financial economic problems, a company that is quite accessible due to its costs, its rates, which is called VivaAerobus and they will not charge me for the ticket now that I am advertising. Volaris and Aeroméxico there they go, the problem is at Interjet ”.
REQUEST NON-EXISTENCE OF STOP
On Wednesday, Interjet filed an appeal with the Federal Conciliation and Arbitration Board (JFCA) to declare inadmissible the strike filed by workers since January 8, arguing that not everyone agrees with this movement and that only 62 percent voted to favor.
In the document presented to the JFCA, the legal representatives of ABC Aerolíneas (Interjet), José Francisco Torres Abraham, Óscar Rafael Salero and Jesús Carmona Manzanárez, indicated that based on articles 459, 930 and 931 “we have come to request the declaration of non-existence of the strike ”.
« Our represented has a total of 4,978 unionized workers and the suspension of work was not carried out by most of them, » they affirmed.
They explained that the employees are not in favor of the strike, since far from benefiting them they will be harmed, because in this way receiving the eight fortnights and benefits that are owed to them is further hindered.
As part of its financial restructuring, Grupo Aeroméxico requested the dismissal of 374 workers from the Association of Aviation Surcharges (ASSA), which are in addition to the 616 dismissed last year.
In June 2020, the group adhered to Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Law to initiate a process of financial restructuring, due to the effects of the pandemic and managed to obtain an Apollo Global Management fund loan for one billion dollars. which you can access in full with the condition of reducing your labor costs
In a circular sent to its affiliates and to which MILENIO had access, ASSA announced that it had been officially notified of the company’s proposal to terminate the collective bargaining agreements, where it was also notified of the decision to continue with layoffs.
For now, the company has not reached agreements with ASSA or the pilots union and has until January 27 to do so.
AHMSA WILL RETURN TO THE GOVERNMENT 200 MILLION
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador received a letter from the main businessman of Altos Hornos de México, in which he exposes his willingness to return the 200 million dollars that were paid as a surcharge for the Agronitrogenados plant that he sold to Pemex in 2013 for 293 million dollars. Later, in a statement on the BMV, the company confirmed that it agreed to pay the 200 million dollars over a period of four years and that the agreement is being implemented before the corresponding authorities. Julio Villarreal leads the steelmaker’s new investors.