A HUSBAND and wife who spent a combined 37 years working for Thomas Cook have blasted the company during a protest.
Colin and Louise Griffiths both lost their jobs as cabin crew managers with the travel agent when it went bust on September 23.
The couple from Stoke-on-Trent received the news that they would lose their jobs through Facebook and WhatsApp just days after their four-year-old twins Peyton and Rocco and started school.
Colin slammed Thomas Cook for the “terrible decisions over the years” and also attacked the government for not doing more to rescue what had been the world’s oldest travel agency.
Colin told The Mirror: “I should have been paid today.
“It’s theft. There’s no inquiry or inquest. No one’s looking for that person.
“All I’m asking for is for people to look into things and find out why that was allowed to happen.”
He also took a pop at the government, adding: “I don’t think they realise the impact. It’s not just the people in the shops, it’s not just the people on the airline.
“It’s having an effect now on baggage handlers, cleaners, caterers – all of these people are now finding themselves going to be unemployed.”
Louise also blasted the company bosses adding she thought they didn’t try to save the workers and were only interested in “saving themselves”.
They said they now faced an uncertain financial future as they had used their savings to help Louise get back to full health after having a hernia operation.
The couple’s comments came as former employees of Thomas Cook protested outside the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.
The protesters, some wearing their old uniforms urged ministers to “pay us now” after they were not paid on Monday.
Around 9,000 people in the UK lost their jobs last week when a last-minute rescue deal collapsed.
Former employees also held placards up that read “Bankers bailed out, Thomas Cook kicked out”.
Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long Bailey told the protesters: “It’s staggering how the German government seemed to be on top of the situation and intervened, yet ours just sat back and sat on its hands essentially. And there must be reasons for that.
“We want to know, is it incompetence or was there a real strategic reason as to why they didn’t want to provide the support?”
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It was revealed today that devoted Thomas Cook staff are working for free in pop-up shops they’ve launched to help stricken customers.
Ex-employees in Telford, Shropshire, have been locked out of their branch since Monday but put on a pop-up service at a local Costa Coffee shop for customers to drop in this weekend.
Fellow former Thomas Cook staff in Stoke set up a temporary office in the city’s Longton Exchange Shopping Centre on Saturday.
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