DEVASTATED Thomas Cook staff claim they were “fired by Facebook” after discovering the firm had gone bust via social media.
Employees vented their fury online after the disaster-hit operator confirmed it had gone into liquidation on Twitter and Facebook yesterday.
Flight attendant Louise Rudkin tweeted yesterday: “Absolutely devastated that I have lost my job – and found out via Facebook.”
Thomas Cook put out statements on its social media accounts yesterday, saying it “had ceased trading with immediate effect” and none of its accounts would be monitored.
Responding to the news, travel agent Suzanne Lednor tweeted: “Gutted doesn’t even come close.”
Twitter user Darren_flight wrote: “It’s such a shame staff had to find out via Twitter and Facebook.”
While heartbroken flight attendant Kia Dawn Hayward said Thomas Cook staff “could fill a sea with all our tears right now.”
She tweeted: “I actually feel sick and empty inside. My dream job gone in a blink of an eye.”
Yesterday, Thomas Cook staff were seen hugging each other and breaking down in tears at the firm’s headquarters in Peterborough.
Some carried boxes as they left the offices in Lynch Wood, where around 1,000 staff work.
Yet despite the blow, some staff members have been going above and beyond as they continue to help customers affected by the company’s collapse.
One worker, @lucybeatrice tweeted: “Officially unemployed. Devastated beyond words. Even after us ceasing trading, I will be at my branch at 9am to help my customers with any questions. #thomascook.
We could fill a sea with all our tears right now
Kia Dawn Hayward, Thomas Cook flight attendant
Britain’s oldest travel firm went bust in the early hours of yesterday morning, leaving 150,000 Brits stranded in 53 destinations in 17 countries.
On the firm’s final flight yesterday, emotional Thomas Cook passengers held a whip-round for staff who were told they wouldn’t be paid.
A tear-jerking video showed passengers raising money for stricken staff and applauding crew members as a plane from Orlando landed in Manchester.
The Airbus A330 touched down at Manchester Airport at 9.30am yesterday after news the travel firm had gone under broke as they were in the air.
Thomas Cook’s collapse leaves 9,000 British employees in limbo and thousands of holidaymakers stranded abroad.
Some staff have been made redundant, while others will be kept on for now – see the box above for more information on salaries and redundancy payouts.
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