Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, is to hold a mass meeting of Thomas Cook workers based at Gatwick airport who lost their jobs last week when the company collapsed.

WHEN: Thursday 3 October, 09:30
WHERE: Arora Hotel, Southgate Ave, Crawley RH10 6LW

Unite has over 400 Thomas Cook workers who were based at Gatwick airport, which was the second largest of the company’s hubs behind Manchester. The session will be open to Unite members and non-members.

The session will include information for workers about how to claim unpaid wages, securing redundancy pay and a legal claim called a protected award, for the failure of Thomas Cook to inform and consult its workers before making them redundant.

Providing assistance on pay issues is particularly urgent as the workers who were made redundant were due to be paid yesterday (Monday 30 September) but have not been.

Instead they have become ordinary creditors of Thomas Cook and it is unclear when they will get paid and if they will only receive a percentage of what is owed to them.

Unite has launched an online petition calling on business secretary Andrea Leadsom to intervene and ensure the workers are paid what they are owed.

The meeting will also provide advice on how Thomas Cook’s staff can seek new employment. This will include advice on writing a CV and information on job vacancies with other airlines. Since Thomas Cook’s collapse Unite has been working with other airlines to fast track workers who lost their jobs into vacant positions.

Unite regional officer Jamie Major said: “Thomas Cook staff are rightly angry about how they have been treated in being made redundant without warning.

“Unite will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that our members receive every penny they are entitled to.

“Unite is also providing assistance with linking Thomas Cook workers to vacancies at other airlines. This was an excellent high skilled and dedicated workforce, who possess a skills set that other airlines will welcome.”


Notes to editors:

The media are welcome to attend the first part of the meeting to speak to the affected workers.

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.