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'Pay us now' - former Thomas Cook workers demand support as payday passes with no wages

Staff outside the Conservative Party conference in Manchester Credit: ITV News

Former Thomas Cook workers have protested outside the Conservative Party conference - having not received any wages for this month.

They are critical of the government for their refusal to bail out the travel company when bosses asked for £200m to keep them afloat.

Around 1,200 people worked for Thomas Cook at its headquarters in Peterborough, with many others employed at travel agent branches across the region.

In total 9,000 will lose their jobs as a result of the company collapsing.

Today should have been payday - but none of the workers have received their wages.

Louise Griffiths worked for Thomas Cook for 15 years and met her husband, Colin, there. He had worked for the company for 24 years.

Louise Griffiths was among the former staff outside the Conservative Party conference in Manchester Credit: ITV News

"It's like our hearts have been ripped out. But we've also got to get a sensible head on because we have four-year-old twins together.

"We're left with zero money, we have zero income and all our bills are due out tomorrow. We don't have anything.

"It fills me with absolute sickness that I can't give my kids what I want.

"The government should have helped us, they shouldn't have let us get in this position in the first place. It needs to be investigated. I think it's a lot deeper than any of us even know."

– Louise Griffiths, former Thomas Cook worker
Staff outside the Conservative Party conference in Manchester Credit: ITV News

Former staff are demanding financial support from the government.

They believe ministers could and should have stepped in to save Thomas Cook before it went under.

Standing outside the Tory party conference in Manchester, workers held placards and chanted "Pay us now".

They were joined by representatives of Unite the Union and Greater Manchester Mayor and former Labour government minister Andy Burnham.

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