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Published on : Thursday, May 26, 2016
Thomas Cook Airlines is facing a risk of a massive strike during the peak hours of summer. The half of the crew members of the United union has voted for strict industrial action. 74% of the crew are in favour of walking out, as Thomas Cook Airlines reduces its crew’s breaks from 20 minutes after six hours to 20 minutes after 12 hours. According to the guidelines by the Civil Aviation Authority, the new imposed timing is the minimal break time that an airline can offer.
Unite spokesperson stated that the union do not intent to disrupt the holiday plans during half term. Union leaders will be talking to the airline and conciliation service Acas on Thursday 26th May and the Tuesday next to it.
Oliver Richardson, a Unite national official 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. We have already had exploratory talks with Thomas Cook at Acas. Over the coming days we will be approaching further Acas talks in a positive manner and trust that Thomas Cook adopts a similar approach to address our members’ legitimate concerns.”
Thomas Cook Airlines spokesman said that they are disappointed that the crew have voted for strike action. He quoted, “The safety of both our people and our customers is our top priority and we rigorously adhere to the rules around crew breaks. Meanwhile, we’ve put together plans to ensure that our customers will still be able to go on holiday, despite any possible strike action.”
One cannot say for sure whether the crew is calling a strike or not, but it can be easily predicted that no matter what they decide, all the travellers will be the ones to suffer.