Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union representing aviation workers, will this week step up support for Thomas Cook workers who were based at Bristol airport and were made redundant when the company collapsed last week, by holding a drop in session for affected workers this Friday (4 October).

WHEN: Friday 4 October 10:00 – 13:00
WHERE: Tony Benn House, Victoria Street, Bristol BS1 6AY

Unite represents thousands of staff across the UK at Thomas Cook, principally at the company’s airline, including over 70 in the Bristol area.

The session will be attended by other partners working with Unite including trade union solicitors and Unite’s education and membership support team. The session will include legal advice as well as help and support in assisting workers in finding new employment. All affected workers are invited to attend including non-union members.

Workers will be given advice in claiming unpaid wages, redundancy payments and a protected award. Workers may be entitled to claim a protected award for a failure by the employers to carry out a collective redundancy consultation.

Unite regional officer Tim Morris said: “Unite is doing everything it can to support the workers at Thomas Cook, who were dumped from their jobs without warning last week.

“There was absolutely no consultation with the Thomas Cook workforce and Unite will be launching legal action on behalf of our members over this failure to consult on the redundancies that have resulted from the firm’s needless collapse.

“Unlike no-win-no-fee solicitors, Unite members who use its legal services keep 100 per cent of any award they receive."


Notes to editors:

Interviews with Thomas Cook workers and Unite representatives will be possible for visiting members of the media.

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235. Email: barckley.sumner@unitetheunion.org

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