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Unite in talks to save Thomas Cook jobs

Unite in talks to save Thomas Cook jobs

09 October 2012
Unite, the country’s largest union, enters talks tomorrow (Wednesday 10 October) to save as many jobs as possible, following Thomas Cook’s announcement that about 430 jobs are under threat.

Unite regional officer Helen Osgood said: “Unite, which is the biggest union represented at Thomas Cook, will enter these talks with the company in Manchester with the goal of saving as many jobs as possible.

“At present, details of the threatened job losses are sketchy – we are not even sure which airports that Thomas Cook flies from will be worst hit.

“This is shocking news to a loyal and hard-working staff at the holiday company. Unite represents about 400 engineers and 1,000 cabin crew out of the 2,700-strong workforce – and their future at this time is our prime concern.

“Our talks with management will be at Thomas Cook’s offices in Manchester at lunchtime tomorrow, following a meeting of our reps.

“It is very disappointing that this announcement has come at a time when the company’s new chief executive officer, Harriet Green has just been allotted 6.2 million share options, which is currently, we believe, worth more than £1 million.”

Thomas Cook wants to reduce its UK fleet from 35 to 31 aircraft in a move which will impact operational staff, engineers and office-based support.

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For further information please contact Helen Osgood on 07958 788653 and/or Unite communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.