Commenting on the news today (Wednesday 30 October) that a buyer has been found for Thomas Cook’s Scandinavian airline, Unite assistant general secretary Diana Holland said:

“This is obviously good news for the workers employed by this airline, but it is impossible not to draw comparisons with the situation in the UK.

 “When Thomas Cook collapsed national governments in Scandinavia created the conditions to protect their airline allowing it to keep flying, the UK government was not prepared to take similar measures.

 “Instead a highly profitable airline was allowed to go to the wall and 4,000 dedicated members of staff lost their jobs.

 “The government’s failure to support the Thomas Cook’s UK airline has cost the UK taxpayers millions in the cost of repatriations of holidaymakers, as well as redundancy and benefits payments to the workers who needlessly lost their jobs.

 “It is to be hoped that the government has learnt its lessons from this sorry affair and in future airlines that have financial difficulties are provided with the necessary assistance to continue to fly as restructuring occurs or a new buyer is found.

 “As a first step it is absolutely imperative that the recommendations arising from the Airline Insolvency Review become law at the earliest possible opportunity.”


Notes to editors:

Grant Shapps refuses to apologise to Thomas Cook workers and remains in denial about government failures

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.


Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.