Thomas Cook cabin crew are NOT happy
A row has broken out between the holiday firm and cabin crew on flights scheduled by Thomas Cook. Why? Because TC wants to reduce the number of cabin crew to the bare minimum to cut costs. Stewards are saying that they’re already pushed to breaking point as it is, opening small tins of Bloody Mary mix and yelling ‘CHICKEN OR FISH?’ into the lugholes of pissed up holidaymakers.
Their union, Unite, is holding a ballot proposing industrial action as a result, which could threaten flights with the holiday company this summer.
Cabin crew numbers vary depending on how many people are on board, with a plane of 235 passengers requiring 5 stewards. Thomas Cook want to operate their flights with one less. They say that from a safety point of view, it’s in line with Civil Aviation Authority rules. But Unite aren’t having any of it.
A union spokesman said: ‘Cabin crew at Thomas Cook are already exhausted and stressed out. Not only do they have a duty of care and do an incredibly important job to keep passengers safe but they are also expected to sell on-board products during flights. But now the company wants to cut crew levels even further which threatens to push the crew past breaking point.’
To avoid strike action, perhaps Thomas Cook could advise their customers not to repeatedly ask for gin and tonics, extra napkins and kosher meals, keep their tray tables up and their seatbelts on, and try not to lock themselves in the toilet during take off and landing?