Thomas Cook cabin crew strike over health and safety dispute

Thomas Cook cabin crew staff voted 3-1 in favour of strike action

The union, Unite, has said that cabin crew staff at Thomas Cook have voted to strike over a health and safety dispute.

Staff at the travel operator, voted 3-1 in favour of strike action, over a row about rest break changes. Union members backed walkouts by 74% and there was a turnout of over half.

Unite organised the vote, after cabin crew staff voiced their concerns over the proposed change; staff to be given a twenty minute break every twelve hours, rather than every six hours, which they said could jeopardise in-flight safety.

Thomas Cook cabin crew strike over health and safety dispute

Thomas Cook vote to strike amid health and safety concerns

No information has yet been released by the union on the possibility of strike action but insist that talks will be held with Thomas Cook at the conciliation service Acas, in an effort to resolve the row.

The national officer for Unite, Oliver Richardson, said: ”We hope that the company take note of this strong vote in favour of action and works with us constructively to resolve the dispute and avoid any potential industrial action.”

A Thomas Cook spokesperson voiced their disappointment over the vote’s final result, but added that safety within the company remained their top priority.

The spokesperson added: ”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.”

Plans have been put in place to guarantee that customers will still be able to go on holiday, in spite of the possibility of strike action.

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