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Ballot consultation for cabin crew

Thursday October 6th 2011

Thomas Cook cabin crew will be asked by a union if they want to hold a ballot over industrial action concerning redundancy terms.

Unite, representing around 1,300 crew members, said talks over terms for job losses have broken down and its negotiators have asked the firm for a "realistic" voluntary severance package including a £5,000 lump sum payment.

Regional officer Mick Whitley said the company only seemed interested in setting up building blocks for voluntary and compulsory redundancies, so Unite was left "with no other alternative but to suspend the consultation talks and hold a consultative ballot with the Unite membership".

The ballot will be held within the next week, said Mr Whitley, who added that Unite completely opposed the redundancy terms and any compulsory redundancies made just to make a profit.

Thomas Cook has made £320 million in 2011 and is paying "a fortune" in bonuses and dividends, while sponsoring the Olympics, added Mr Whitley.

The group's cabin crews fly out from Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Gatwick, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle and Stansted airports.

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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