Thomson Airways could face strike action

Thomson Airways’ flights could be disrupted in the run-up to Christmas if union workers vote to go on strike.

Thomson Airways

The airline’s cabin crew and pilot roster crew controllers are to be balloted by union Unite about taking industrial action in a dispute over pay.

Around 30 crew controllers and their assistants, who arrange Thomson Airways’ cabin crew and pilot rosters to cover for colleagues affected by illness and other circumstances, will be balloted by Unite from November 19 with the vote due to close on December 10.

If Unite members vote in favour of strikes, the controllers could take action over the Christmas and New Year period.

Unite said it had announced the strike ballot on the eve of tomorrow’s Tui AG extraordinary general meeting in Hanover when shareholders will vote on the proposed merger with Tui Travel, which owns Thomson Airways.

Unite regional officer Kevin Hall said: “This is an extremely profitable company that rewards other sections of its workforce very generously and our members in the crewing department see this day in, day out.

“We do not believe it is unreasonable to start to bring our members’ pay back in line with inflation and the early indications we have had from our members is that this ballot will be well supported.”

Sourced from TTG Digital

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