Thomas Cook Flight Crew to strike?

Thomas Cook Airlines cabin crew have decided to strike after redundacies were announced.  They  voted in favour of industrial action over 498 job losses.

In a consultative ballot, the members of the Unite union decided to take industrial action over the  redundancy plans.

This followed a break-down in talks with the company’s management over its refusal to improve the redundancy terms.  At the moment, Thomas Cook Group are offering two weeks per year redundancy pay.

Unite is demanding a minimum of three weeks per year, in addition a lump sum of £5,000. The average cabin crew pay is £15,000-a-year.

The union has about two thirds of the 1,800 cabin crew workforce.

Unite representatives at Thomas Cook will meet in Manchester on the 26th of October to decide their future strategy.

there is an option to go for a full industrial action ballot, which may include 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.”

A total of 475 voted in favour of industrial action, with 53 against. There were six spoilt ballot papers.

Whitley added: “The group made £320 million this year and it is paying out a fortune in bonuses and dividends.”

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