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TSSA Welcomes Hays Thomas Cook Shop Deal

9 October 2019

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has hailed news that Hays Travel has agreed a deal to buy all 555 Thomas Cook stores in the UK - with the prospect of saving hundreds of jobs.

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has hailed news that Hays Travel has agreed a deal to buy all 555 Thomas Cook stores in the UK - with the prospect of saving hundreds of jobs.

Hays is the UK’s largest independent travel agent and had already taken on over 400 former Thomas Cook employees.

Manuel Cortes said: “This is very welcome news offering real hope of reemployment to former Thomas Cook retail staff, many of whom are our members.

“We have been clear from the start that Thomas Cook was a strong brand and that it was likely parts of the business would be able to move forward as a going concern.

“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.

“We will now move swiftly to gather more details about the deal and are seeking an urgent meeting with Hays about the part our union can play in supporting what will be a significant expansion for them across our high streets.”

TSSA represented workers in Thomas Cook shops around the UK and in its head office in Peterborough.

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