Thomas Cook plan strike, which will mess up your holibobs
Thomas Cook cabin crew are threatening to go on strike following after talks cooled with management over redundancy packages.
It is estimated that 1,300 of the holiday company's 1,800 cabin crew will vote next week on whether to take industrial action.
How does that affect you? Well, the airports that will be hit include Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands Gatwick, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, and Stansted.
Unite, representing the cabin crewers, say that nearly 500 jobs are set to be given the chop, but alas, they've been unable to agree redundancy terms with management, who, they say, 'point blank refused' its offer of two weeks per year redundancy pay.
In a statement, Unite regional officer Mick Whitley said: "The company was only interested in putting in place the building blocks for voluntary and compulsory redundancies."
"This has left Unite with no other alternative but to suspend the consultation talks and hold a consultative ballot with the Unite membership at Thomas Cook. The ballot will be conducted within the next week to gauge the feeling of our members."
"We are completely against the redundancy terms and any compulsory redundancies purely to make more profit. The group has made £320m this year and is paying out a fortune in bonuses and dividends, as well as sponsoring the Olympics."
Thomas Cook recently announced that they'll be cutting costs by removing six long-haul aircraft by the end of the year, axing 250 jobs in the Thomas Cook Airlines staff at Manchester Airport and closing 24 of their shops across the UK.
In short, it's not a bad idea to choose a different company to go on holiday with while they sort this mess out.