Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, is to hold a meeting of Edinburgh based Thomas Cook workers at the union’s office this Friday (4 October) following the collapse of the company last week.

WHEN: Friday 4 October, 14:00-16:00
WHERE: 22 York Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EP

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 deputy Scottish secretary Mary Alexander said: “Unite is holding a drop-in session this Friday (4 October) at our office in Edinburgh as part of our efforts to provide as much support for all workers affected by the needless collapse of Thomas Cook. Unite is determined to ensure that our members receive every penny they are entitled to and that some justice is afforded to the workers who have been treated shamefully. It’s also 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."


For more information contact Mary Alexander on 07711237075.

Notes to editors:

  • 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.