Hundreds of Thomas Cook workers who were made redundant without warning last week when the company collapsed, will hold a demonstration at Conservative’s party conference this Monday (30 September) due to the government’s failure to step in and save jobs.

WHERE: Mount Street and Peter Street, behind the Manchester Library, Manchester
WHEN: Monday 30 September at 10:00

The workers, who will be dressed in their Thomas Cook uniforms, will be carrying banners with the messages: ‘Bankers bailed out, Thomas Cook kicked out’ and ‘Thomas Cook, Europe Flies, UK crashes’.

Andy Burnham

The mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has agreed to join the protest as has Richard Leese leader of Manchester council.

The workers were due to have received their monthly pay on Monday (30 September) however the Insolvency Service, which is dealing with the break-up of the company, has confirmed they will not be paid and will instead become creditors of Thomas Cook. It is now unclear when they will receive their pay.

Government failure

The Thomas Cook workers directly blame the government for allowing the company to collapse into compulsory liquidation on (Monday 23 September).

In particular the workers are angry that the profitable Thomas Cook airline was allowed to collapse, while the company’s airline subsidiaries in Germany, Scandinavia and Spain have been given assistance by their respective governments to protect the companies and safeguard jobs.

Workers let down

Unite regional secretary for the North West Ritchie James said “Thomas Cook workers feel let down and abandoned by the government.

 “The protest will demonstrate to the government and the Conservative party the workers anger over the decisions that have been made and which have wrecked their livelihoods.

 Unite national officer for civil air transport Oliver Richardson said “The workers who should have been paid today have received nothing and have to still somehow pay mortgages, rent, bills and food.

“While other European countries acted to preserve airlines, the UK government allowed the entire company to crash.”


Notes to editors:

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

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