Thomas Cook cabin crew to strike

26 May 2016
Thomas Cook cabin crew to strike

Thomas Cook cabin crew have held a vote, and have decided that they support strike action, which is potentially going to affect a lot of holidays over summer.

The unrest is over breaks, and the staff were balloted by their union, Unite, with the staff voting in favour of action. This is not great news for the airline, as this comes days after the parent company said that bookings were down 5% from the previous year.

Thomas Cook's parent company also lost nearly a fifth of its market value too.

74% of those who voted backed walkouts over changes to crew breaks, according to Unite. The union said that this issue is a health and safety issue, and talks to try and sort this out are settled for Thursday and Friday.

A spokesman for Thomas Cook Airlines said: "We're disappointed Unite cabin crew members have taken the decision to vote for strike action."

"The safety of both our people and our customers is our top priority and we rigorously adhere to the rules around crew breaks."

"We're committed to working with Unite to address their concerns and have already met with the conciliation service ACAS to try to find a solution."

"Meanwhile, we've put together plans to ensure that our customers will still be able to go on holiday, despite any possible strike action."

If you have any concerns about your travel arrangements, you can keep an eye on Thomas Cook's help page, or contact them directly on 01733 224808.

TOPICS:   UK News   Travel

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