Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union representing aviation workers, will tomorrow (Friday 11 October) provide assistance to Thomas Cook workers who were based at East Midlands airport and were made redundant when the company collapsed last month.

WHEN: Friday 11 October 2019, 11:30
WHERE: Derby Conference Centre, London Road, Derby, DE24 8UX

80 members at East Midlands

Unite represented over 3,000 staff across the UK at Thomas Cook, mainly at the company’s airline, this included over 80 members at East Midlands airport.

The session will be attended by several partners working with Unite. Trade union solicitors Thompson’s will be present to provide advice on claiming outstanding pay/holiday pay and redundancy pay and a legal claim for the failure of the company to inform and consult staff before making them redundant.

CV writing

Unite’s education team will also be present to provide advice on CV writing and there will be information on employment opportunities and vacancies that workers might be interested in.

Let down by government

Unite regional secretary for the East Midlands Paresh Patel said: “Unite will do everything it possibly can for Thomas Cook workers who lost their jobs without warning.

“Thomas Cook workers should have been assisted by the Conservative government who were in a position to provide guarantees which would have kept the airline flying.

"The government failed to step in unlike other governments in Europe which supported Thomas Cook’s subsidiaries which have continued to fly.

“There was no consultation with the Thomas Cook workforce before they lost their jobs and Unite will launch legal action on behalf of our members to ensure that they receive some justice for their loss.

“Unlike no-win-no-fee solicitors, Unite members who use Unite’s 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, prior to the meeting beginning and the media will be invited to attend the initial stages of the meeting.

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.