Thomas Cook workers from all parts of the country who were made redundant last Monday (23 September), will tomorrow (Wednesday 2 October) hold a lobby and demonstration in parliament.

WHEN: Wednesday 2 October, 11:00-15:00
WHERE: Old Palace Yard, London SW1P 3JY

ACTIONS FOR THE DAY:

11:00 Thomas Cook workers arrive at Westminster
11:15- 12:15 Workers hand in petitions at Downing Street and the Department of BEIS
12:15 – 13:00 Media briefing with affected workers
13:00 Photocall and rally at Old Palace Yard with MPs
14:00 – 15:00 Lobbying of MPs

The protest is being supported by Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, which represents much of the affected workforce.

The workers who were not paid their monthly wages yesterday (Monday 30 September) are angry that they and their company were abandoned by the government.

Many of the workers attending the demonstration are prepared to speak to the media about their personal experiences, which will include problems with rent, mortgage payments and the challenge of buying food without any income.

Petitions

The workers will be handing in two petitions the first which has in excess of 50,000 signatures at Downing Street which calls on a full inquiry into Thomas Cook’s collapse and for the company’s directors to pay back their bonuses.

The second petition which has in excess of 10,000 signatures, will be handed in at the department of business energy and industrial strategy (BEIS), it calls on secretary of state for business Andrea Leadsom to intervene and make sure the affected workers receive their unpaid wages.

Many of the workers have had to claim universal credit but will not receive any payment until the end of October at the earliest.

UK government

The UK government allowed the profitable Thomas Cook airline to collapse into compulsory liquidation, while Thomas Cook’s subsidiaries in Germany, Spain and Scandinavia, were able to continue to fly as they received support from their respective national governments.

Lost jobs

Unite assistant general secretary Diana Holland said: “Unite is pleased to be supporting the lobby and protest in parliament that has been organised by Thomas Cook workers who lost their jobs without warning.

The fact that workers are coming to parliament from all parts of the UK demonstrates just how angry workers are with the government which they rightly believe has abandoned them.

"This week workers have been left with no income as their wages were not paid.

“Workers do not understand how the profitable Thomas Cook airline was allowed to collapse while the European subsidiaries were able to continue to fly.

“The very least the Thomas Cook workers deserve, is to receive an answer to the question as to why the company was allowed to collapse as well an explanation from the government as to its lack of action in the lead up.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

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.