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TSSA Statement On Thomas Cook Collapse

23 September 2019

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has lambasted the Government after it was confirmed Thomas Cook has gone into liquidation.

TSSA – which has members at Thomas Cook both in high street shops across the UK and in its office operations - had called for immediate Government intervention to secure the future of the firm.

Cortes said: “This need not have happened – the Government had been given ample opportunity to step in and help Thomas Cook but has instead chosen ideological dogma over saving thousands of jobs.

“That they would rather hang our members out to dry instead of rescuing Thomas Cook is shameful and wrongheaded.

“There remains the question of repatriating 150,000 British holidaymakers and the cost to the public purse of doing so. You don’t have to be a mathematical genius to know it would have been cheaper and more cost effective to save what is a cornerstone of the British high street.

“Our union is still urgently seeking meetings with Government to discuss exactly what happens next and will not give up the fight for jobs. But clearly Tory Ministers should hang their heads in shame over their inaction.

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