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Government must intervene to stop Hays Travel's jobs massacre

20 March 2020

TSSA today (Friday) urged Business Secretary Alok Sharma to intervene in Hays Travel’s "jobs massacre" after the firm announced 880 staff were being put on zero hours contracts.

General Secretary, Manuel Cortes said “The government must learn from its lessons with Thomas Cook and intervene to save Hays Travel.

“Today’s news is a particularly bitter blow for those workers who last September went the trauma of redundancy from Thomas Cook before Hays bought out their shops. Now just six months later they’re facing zero hours contracts and the possibility of losing their jobs again.

“The travel industry is in free-fall because of the Coronavirus crisis. We have already warned the government that without their intervention high street travel shops will be a thing of the past.

“Realistically Hays cannot expect an upswing in their business until the Coronavirus crisis is over. Today’s jobs massacre is only the beginning.  The government must intervene swiftly to save our high street travel shops.”

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notes to editors 

Hays employs 4,000 staff of whom 2,000 are former employees of Thomas Cook.  

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