Thomas Cook cabin crew vote for industrial action
October 25th, 2011 by elisa

Thomas Cook cabin crew have voted in favour of industrial action over 498 redundancies. 475 voted in favour, with 53 against and six spoilt ballot papers.

Currently Thomas Cook is offering two weeks per year redundancy pay, however the union Unite is demanding 3 weeks, plus a lump sum payment of £5,000. The average cabin crew pay is £15,000 a year.

Unite reps at Thomas Cook will meet in Manchester on Wednesday to decide their future strategy, which could include going ahead with a full industrial action ballot for strike action.

Unite regional officer Mick Whitley said: “The overwhelming vote shows our members’ anger and should be a strong wake-up call for the management to return to the negotiating table with a fair offer.

“And until we have had the meeting tomorrow, Unite is not going to speculate about Christmas flights by Thomas Cook. The ball is very much in the management’s court – they need to come up with a realistic offer for those facing redundancy. They are a very profitable firm; the group made £320 million this year and it is paying out a fortune in bonuses and dividends, as well as sponsoring the Olympics.”


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