Thomas Cook workers who have lost their jobs after the iconic brand’s collapse could find new work at Stansted Airport according to the city’s MP.
Daniel Zeichner MP met representatives from Stansted Airport yesterday and discussed job opportunities available to skilled Thomas Cook employees. Stansted said they would prioritise applications from those who had lost their jobs at Thomas Cook wherever possible.
Speaking in Parliament today (Wednesday) Mr Zeichner called on the Government to make all Thomas Cook’s staff who have lost their jobs aware of suitable work.
He said: “Airports like Stansted have really stepped up in helping people come home, but they also have job opportunities – can I have an assurance from the Secretary of State that every Thomas Cook employee will be made aware of the opportunities available at airports like Stansted?“
Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP, responded: “The Honourable gentleman is absolutely right. Stansted, and in fact all the other airports, have been very forthcoming with their assistance. Stansted have a STEM college there with lots of job opportunities, and I think the point is now on record that Thomas Cook employees who are losing their jobs will no doubt find some of those travel-related jobs very interesting indeed.“
Mr Zeichner said: “Thomas Cook’s collapse is a huge blow to the regional economy and devastating for its staff. The government’s do nothing approach left them high and dry. But at least other employers like Stansted are now rallying round to get local Thomas Cook staff back to work – that is heartening.”