Thomas Cook Staff Taking Legal Action for Protective Award


Thomas Cook’s collapse on Monday has left thousands of its employees jobless. The company informed its staff by email that they were out of a job early on Monday morning.

Our Employment Law Solicitors are in contact with more than 100 ex-employees of Thomas Cook who are looking to join a legal fight to get the pay they deserve, along with compensation because Thomas Cook did not consult them about their redundancy.

Claire Hoang, one of the latest employees to join in legal action against Thomas Cook has spoken about her anger because of the company’s ‘head in the sand’ approach to the obvious issues. She also urged other staff to join in the legal action and make sure they claim their Protective Award.

A Protective Award is an amount of up to 90 days gross pay per person who was made redundant without proper redundancy consultation. The only other condition for someone to make a Protective Award is that more than 20 people were made redundant at an establishment or location.

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Claire commented on the fact that difficulties earlier on in the year were down played internally and she received emails over the weekend reassuring her that Thomas Cook’s leadership team were doing all they could to resolve the situation.

The result was a generic email at 1am on Monday morning giving official notification that she no longer had a job with Thomas Cook.

Claire felt that she, along with all the other Thomas Cook employees have not had any more information other than everything that has come out about the company’s situation in the news.

To make matters worse, some members of staff did not even receive an email about losing their job. They woke up to the news on Monday morning.

Claire feels that it’s a stretch to believe that the Thomas Cook bosses didn’t know what was happening. She also commented that if they did know, the way that their staff have been left with no job, no access to their pay, pensions and redundancy money is disgusting.

Claire, along with many of her colleagues will be taking legal action against Thomas Cook to hold them accountable for their actions after they’ve been left distraught by the company’s collapse.

Head of Employment Law at Simpson Millar, Solicitor Aneil Balgobin, is heading up the legal action against Thomas Cook. He recognises how difficult it is for ex-employees of Thomas Cook who have been left with financial uncertainty after losing their jobs and who are now searching for new positions.

He also wanted Thomas Cook staff, or anyone else in a similar situation to know that they can take action. When a business stops trading and they have made 20 or more staff redundant at a workplace without following the correct redundancy consultation procedures, each employee at that site can make a Protective Award Claim.

To make a Protective Award claim, ex-employees need a judgment from an Employment Tribunal. This may feel like a complicated and stressful process, but our Employment Lawyers are happy to talk you through the process and help you get an award.

Expertise in Protective Award Claims

Simpson Millar’s Employment Lawyers are working with other former employees in a similar situation. Current on-going cases include representing ex-staff members of FlyBMI, Jamie’s Italian and Bathstore.

We successfully secured more than £300,000 for 103 ex-staff of furniture retailer MultiYork.

To find out if you qualify to make a claim use our free online Thomas Cook Protective Award Eligibility Checker.

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