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TSSA warns without urgent action from government high street travel shops will be a thing of the past

23 March 2020

TSSA leader Manuel Cortes today (Monday) wrote to Business Secretary Alok Sharma to urge him to take immediate action to save high street travel shops from the "existential threat" posed by Coronavirus.

This followed the announcement by Hays travel on Friday that they had put 880 staff – almost a quarter of their payroll – onto zero-hour contracts stating that it was “facing the worst financial and business crisis in its 40-year history.”

Cortes, whose union the TSSA has members in Hays, Barrhead Travel and Tui, said “The Coronavirus crisis is an unprecedented event, posing an existential seen threat to jobs and industry.

“Without urgent action from the government there is a real risk that travel shops on the high street will be a thing of the past. That’s why I wrote to Business Secretary Alok Sharma today urging him to take immediate action.

“Last year Thomas Cook collapsed due to lack of intervention from the government costing UK taxpayers millions in repatriation, redundancy and unpaid wages. It’s essential that the government learn the lessons from this and steps in before firms like Hays go to the wall.

“The best protection travel trade workers can have is to join our union today.”

Notes to editors

Airline company Flybe collapsed on due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

In 2019 travel company Thomas Cook collapsed costing UK taxpayers well over £156 million in repatriation and redundancy costs. Further bills including unpaid wages, Employment Tribunal claims and unemployment benefits for workers still without jobs are costing the country millions more.


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