Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, is to hold a further mass meeting of Thomas Cook workers in Dundee following the collapse of the company last week. On Monday (30 September), Unite held its first of a series of meetings for former Thomas Cook workers in Glasgow which was attended by over 300 workers.

WHEN: Thursday 3 October, 11:00-14:00
WHERE: 11 Blackness Road, Dundee, DD1 5PB.

Unite represents thousands of staff across the UK at Thomas Cook’s many of which are based in Scotland. 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. All workers are invited to attend including non-union members. If an employer becomes insolvent and workers lose their employment without notice then they may have an entitlement to a redundancy payment. Workers may also be entitled to claim for a failure by the employers to carry out collective redundancy consultation. This can have a value of up to 90 days’ pay.

Unite regional coordinating officer Dougie Maguire said: “The workers have been abandoned by the UK Government, who failed to make an intervention, but Unite has pledged to give every assistance to those affected by the collapse of Thomas Cook. A drop-in session will be held this Thursday (3rd October) in Dundee for workers following the meeting in Glasgow which was attended by over three hundred workers. This is clearly a traumatic time for all concerned and the meeting will focus on legal advice and assistance with future employment opportunities for the workers. It’s important to state that any successful legal action could have a value of up to 90 days’ pay and unlike no-win-no-fee solicitors Unite members who use our Legal Services will keep 100 per cent of any award. "


Notes to editors:

For more information contact Dougie Maguire on 07810157925. Interviews with Thomas Cook workers and Unite representatives will be possible for visiting members of the media.

  • Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.