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TSSA To Launch Travel Trade Recruitment Website After Thomas Cook Collapse

4 November 2019

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has welcomed former Thomas Cook workers finding new jobs after the collapse of the business and said the union is launching a new website to help them and workers across the retail arms of the travel sector.

Many of the former Thomas Cook shop workers, who are members of the union, have been taken on by Hays Travel, who took over 500 Thomas Cook shops nationwide, and others have benefited from the significant expansion of Barrhead Travel.

It can be revealed today that TSSA will launch a website specifically for the retail side of the travel trade – aimed at making sure workers across the sector are members of our union, and can share in the collective benefits, rights and protections membership brings.

Cortes said: “It’s great news that on a weekly basis our members who worked for Thomas Cook are starting new jobs. Our union will soon launch a dedicated website for travel trade retail staff so that even more of them can join our TSSA family.

However, we can't let the government off the hook for the collapse of this iconic brand. Ministers said Thomas Cook failed because it was 'a dinosaur in a digital age'. Make no mistake, this was pure spin to try and absolve themselves of responsibility for their inaction.

“The purchase of the Thomas Cook retail shop network by Hays Travel and the 100 shop expansion recently announced by Barrhead Travel clearly shows that the comments made by the Government were plain wrong.

“Frankly, they don't have a clue about the travel trade. The latest estimated costs for the collapse of Thomas Cook are running at around £1 billion - £200 million would have rescued the Company.

“This is the economics of the madhouse as it's costing five times as much to kill Thomas Cook than it would have done to keep it as a going concern.

“Our union is once again pressing for a public inquiry – the Government’s fingerprints are all over the collapse of the business. It’s plain they are responsible, and our taxpayers should not be footing the bill for Ministers’ incompetence."

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