A devastated former Thomas Cook worker says she is unable to pay off her mortgage after the collapse of the beleaguered travel firm.
Emma French – an employee of the firm for 13 years – has already defaulted on her car and home payments due to the collapse.
The 40-year-old was amongst the people who travelled to Westminster to take part in a protest on Wednesday, ChronicleLive reported .
Hundreds of sacked staff delivered petitions to 10 Downing Street and the Business Department calling for a full inquiry into the travel giant's collapse.
They say they were not paid their monthly wages on Monday and many are now having problems with rent and mortgage payments, according to the Unite union.
Ms French, of Dudley, Tyneside, said she found out the company had collapsed while she was on holiday in Jamaica.
The 40-year-old added: "My first priority was to get back home. We were due to come home with Thomas Cook but all their flights were cancelled.
"I rang the Civil Aviation Authority who were arranging repatriation. I was on the first flight out and when I was on the plane I thought 'I have not got a job, I've lost my job'."
She said she had not been paid since August and did not know what was going to happen with redundancy payments or whether they would get the full amount owed to them.
"I have defaulted on my mortgage payment and my car payment," said Ms French.
She also said former staff were being given food vouchers to help them survive.
"We are still in absolute shock," said Emma. "This was not just a job, this was our life. These people were our family.
"It's just not real that literally overnight our whole world has been turned upside down.
"We were being told from our directors that there were buyers, but literally at the 12th hour – it's over, that's it, the doors are closed."
She said all former employees wanted an inquiry into the firm's collapse.
The protest in London was being supported by Unite, which represents much of the affected workforce.
Diana Holland, the union's assistant general secretary, said: "Unite is pleased to be supporting the lobby and protest in Parliament that has been organised by Thomas Cook workers who lost their jobs without warning.
"The fact that workers are coming to Parliament from all parts of the UK demonstrates just how angry workers are with the Government, which they rightly believe has abandoned them.
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