Advice to former Thomas Cook workers based at East Midlands airport is to be offered at a special meeting on Friday.

The meeting has been organised by the Unite union which represented more than 3,000 Thomas Cook staff across the UK, mainly at its in-house airline including over 80 at East Midlands airport.

Tomorrow’s session at the Derby Conference Centre, London Road, Derby from 11.30am, will be attended by several partners working with the union.

Solicitors Thompson’s will provide advice on claiming outstanding pay/holiday pay and redundancy pay and a legal claim for the failure of the company to inform and consult staff before making staff redundant.

Unite’s education team aim to offer advice on CV writing together with information on employment opportunities and vacancies.

Unite regional secretary for the East Midlands, Paresh Patel, said: “Unite will do everything it possibly can for Thomas Cook workers who lost their jobs without warning.

“Thomas Cook workers should have been assisted by the Conservative government who were in a position to provide guarantees which would have kept the airline flying.

“The government failed to step in unlike other governments in Europe which supported Thomas Cook’s subsidiaries which have continued to fly.

“There was no consultation with the Thomas Cook workforce before they lost their jobs and Unite will launch legal action on behalf of our members to ensure that they receive some justice for their loss.

“Unlike no-win-no-fee solicitors, Unite members who use Unite’s legal services keep 100 per cent of any award they receive.”