Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, has warned that the collapse of Thomas Cook is now resulting in serious job losses in the airline’s supply chain.

This week Aviator, which undertook ground handling operations for Thomas Cook at Manchester airport, has announced it is preparing to go into administration and will cease trading on Tuesday 22 October with the loss of 351 jobs.

Job losses

Unite also understands that as a result of Thomas Cook’s collapse that ground handlers Swissport at Bristol and Menzies at Gatwick have announced potential redundancies.

Unite is concerned that job losses in the Thomas Cook supply chain could eventually be a significant increase on the 4,000 directly employed workers who lost their jobs as result of the collapse of Thomas Cook’s airline.

Protecting members

Unite will be ensuring that all members in the airline’s supply chain who are affected by companies going into administration or by redundancies are fully protected and supported. This includes, minimising job losses, ensuring wages are paid, notice and redundancy pay is received and whether a legal claim can be made for a failure to inform and consult before making workers redundant.

Supply chain implications

Unite national officer for civil aviation Oliver Richardson said: “Thomas Cook’s airline collapse will have major implications for the supply chain. We have already seen Aviator announce they will cease trading and redundancies at other companies.

 “The scale of additional job losses in the supply chain will significantly add to the numbers of losses in the airline itself.

 “Unite will fight for every one of our members jobs, we will seek to keep redundancies to an absolute minimum and if there are job losses we will ensure that those affected receive every penny they are entitled to.

 “The potential job losses in the supply chain highlights why the government’s failure to support the airline in particular, which was profitable and which had five potential bidders, was an act of economic vandalism.

 “Inevitably the taxpayer will end up paying more in redundancy payments and other legal claims as well as benefits for workers who may struggle to find new work, than was needed to keep the airline flying while a long-term solution was sort.

 “The government contains to falsely claim that Thomas Cook was unsustainable but has not been able to answer how the company’s airline subsidiaries in Germany, Spain and Scandinavia have continued to fly with the support of their national government’s.”


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For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 07802 329235 or 0203 371 2067.

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.