Sep 26, 2019

Thomas Cook executive apologises over bailout video

A Thomas Cook boss has apologised after a video emerged of staff cheering him and other executives at the firm's Condor subsidiary after it secured a bailout. The German government stepped in to save the business while Thomas Cook workers all lost their jobs. Thomas Cook went into liquidation earlier this week, leaving thousands of passengers stranded and 9,000 UK workers jobless. "Thomas Cook directors need to explain why the UK airline had to be closed but the German one was allowed to continue to operate," said the general secretary of the Balpa pilots' union, Brian Strutton. "How was it funded, because it seems there is nothing left in the coffers for UK staff? And why couldn't the UK government give the same kind of bridging support as the German government when it was well known that Thomas Cook had a Chinese buyer lined up? It's a national scandal."

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