Cabin crew at Thomas Cook have voted in favour of industrial action over redundancy plans for 498 job losses at the company.
In a ballot by Unite, 1,150 of 1,800 members agreed to take action against the holiday company, which could include strikes, after talks with management broke down regarding the redundancy terms.
New talks will be held in Manchester tomorrow in a bid to stop action carried out. Cabin crew and pilots in Belgium have also shown support and have told Thomas Cook’s management they will not operate flights if industrial action occurs.
“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,” said Mick Whitley, regional officer at Unite. “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. It is a very profitable firm”.
Thomas Cook is offering two weeks per year redundancy pay and has rejected Unite’s request for a minimum of three weeks pay and an additional