/Thomas Cook staff join forces to fight for compensation

Thomas Cook staff join forces to fight for compensation

Published on Friday, September 27, 2019

Hundreds of Thomas Cook staff are pulling together to fight for extra compensation through a little-known employment law.

If successful, they will get thousands of pounds in addition to their statutory redundancy pay.

A Facebook group has been set up by former Thomas Cook social media lead Claire Hoang, who was based at the company’s Cardinal House office in Manchester.

She said while cabin crew and pilots have their unions to fight on their behalf, many staff have been left to fend for themselves when it comes to claiming what’s due to them.

“We don’t have any way of connecting, nobody is telling us anything, so we need to pull together and help each other,” she said.

Under the ‘protective award’ scheme, workers can claim for compensation of up to 90 days’ pay where an employer hasn’t followed the correct redundancy consultation process.

It’s only available to staff in a workplace with at least 20 staff.

“Obviously for the 1,000 people working in the Peterborough head office it should be OK, but it’s not so easy for the people who used to work in the satellite offices, or the people the airports who weren’t crew, like safety or catering,” said Hoang.

“We’ve been treated very badly and we deserve this. Everyone has got the right and shouldn’t be scared about pursuing a claim. This group is here to support everyone.

“When everyone’s going to be living on their credit cards in the next few months, this could be a lifesaver.”

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