Published on Thursday, October 10, 2019

Support day for Thomas Cook's East Midlands' airport staff

Thomas Cook staff who were based at East Midlands airport will be provided with legal and employment advice tomorrow.

The union Unite, which represented more than 3,000 of Thomas Cook's 9,000 UK-based employees - 80 of whom were based at East Midlands airport - has arranged the session to take place in Derby Conference Centre from 11.30 tomorrow.

The session will be attended by several partners working with Unite, including Trade solicitors Thompson's to provide advice on claiming outstanding wages, holiday pay and redundancy pay, and making a legal claim for the failure of the company to inform and consult staff before making them redundant.

Unite's education team will also be present to provide advice on CV writing, and there will be information on employment opportunities and vacancies.

Unite regional secretary for the East Midlands Paresh Patel said: "Unite will do everything it possibly can for Thomas Cook workers who lost their jobs without warning.

"Thomas Cook workers should have been assisted by the Conservative government who were in a position to provide guarantees which would have kept the airline flying.

"The government failed to step in unlike other governments in Europe which supported Thomas Cook's subsidiaries which have continued to fly.

"There was no consultation with the Thomas Cook workforce before they lost their jobs and Unite will launch legal action on behalf of our members to ensure that they receive some justice for their loss.

"Unlike no-win-no-fee solicitors, Unite members who use Unite's legal services keep 100% of any award they receive."

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