Over 2,000 cabin crew at Thomas Cook Airlines will get an inflation linked 3.6 per cent pay increase from this April, equivalent to an extra £600 a year for a typical crew member, thanks to a two year pay deal negotiated by Unite.

The two year deal also increases cabin crew allowances which make up a significant proportion of their overall take-home pay.

The first year (2017) of the deal delivered an annual increase of 3.2 per cent or around £500 a year in basic pay for a typical crew member earning £16,107, backdated to April 2017.

Crew will now get another pay increase in April 2018 in line with the February 2018 retail price index, raising a typical workers’ pay from £16,107 to £17,222 over the course of the two year deal.

Unite regional officer Mike Gaskell said: “This pay deal is a real boost for Thomas Cook cabin crew. It helps the crew keep up with the cost of living and recognises the hard work cabin crew do, day in, day out.

“At a time when workers’ pay is being squeezed, it pays to have a union in your corner.”

Unite members work on flights to major tourist destinations from 10 airports across the UK with its main hub based at Manchester airport.

Unite is a union that campaigns for and delivers better pay and conditions for its members. Unite is winning at work based on three core values. Secure Work: fighting for jobs and job security, Strong Voice: a union which is a respected voice at work and Decent Pay: a union focussed on pay and conditions.


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Notes to editors:

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey