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Thomas Cook - Hays Travel Announcement

9 October 2019

Message from TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes

Our union was delighted by the announcement that Hays Travel have agreed to buy all 555 Thomas Cook stores in the UK.

As our members know our focus in recent weeks has been on saving the jobs of those who formally worked in Thomas Cook shops around the UK and in helping you deal with the stress and uncertainty caused by the recent liquidation.

I understand that Hays - as the UK’s largest independent travel agent – has already taken on over 400 former Thomas Cook employees and this deal holds out the prospect of reemployment to more former Thomas Cook retail staff.

Throughout the industry the talent, commitment and skills of our members working for Thomas Cook was well known and I have no doubt they will bring the same dedication to Hays.

Our union is keen to play its part in supporting what will be a significant expansion for Hays across our Britain’s high streets.

I have written to Hays’ Managing Director requesting a meeting as soon as possible to discuss employment prospects for our former members, as well as to better understand the deal to buy Thomas Cook shops.

Naturally we would also be interested in working positively with Hays, as a progressive employer, and would therefore welcome the opportunity to union recognition in those stores where we might have some members.

I will keep you, our members, updated in the coming days.



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