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Thomas Cook and Unite to hold talks

10 November 2011 17:36

Thomas Cook and Unite are meeting again over plans to cut jobs

Thomas Cook and Unite are meeting again over plans to cut jobs

Representatives from Thomas Cook and Unite are to meet again for discussions over proposed job cuts at the firm's airline.

Further negotiations will take place on Wednesday in a bid to avoid industrial action over plans to cut 498 jobs.

Earlier, talks were held in Manchester after cabin crew at the firm voted in a consultative ballot in favour of industrial action.

Around 1,150 members of the firm's 1,800 cabin crew are members of Unite.

The proposed job losses are part of the firm's plan to cut its fleet from 41 to 35 aircraft.

Affected travellers will be better off if they take out appropriate travel insurance as any industrial action could potentially hit flight times.

Mick Whitley, the union's regional officer, said: "Further talks will be held next Wednesday and Unite won't be making any comment until after those consultations have been concluded."

In order to approve any strike action, a further ballot would have to be held.