Travel Agent Thomas Cook To Make More Redundancies

Thomas Cook have been trying to convince their customers that they are still a high street travel agent that they can trust, but according to recent research by In2town Lifestyle Magazine, that trust is still not there.

Some of our readers have stated they still cannot trust the travel agent and with the latest news of job losses, that trust could be still a long way off.

Thomas Cook have confirmed they are making more redundancies as they try and turn the business around from a loss making company into a profit making travel agency.

This time around the high street travel agent is making another 430 people redundant, the travel agent says this will help improve their financial performance and increase profitability, but these latest job losses could send out the wrong signal to potential customers.

The job loses will include pilots and cabin crew, but according to a source at Thomas Cook more job losses could be announced in the near future as the travel agent tries to get its house in order.

The people affected will include pilots and cabin crew whose futures were already threatened by a partnership deal with easyJet.

The Unite union, which represents 1,400 out of the 2,700 workforce, said they plan to hold talks with the travel agent in their bid to try and save as many jobs as possible.

Unite’s regional offers, Helen Osgood said: “At present, details of the threatened job losses are sketchy – we are not even sure which airports that Thomas Cook flies from will be worst hit,”

“This is shocking news to a loyal and hard-working staff at the holiday company. Their future at this time is our prime concern.

“Our talks with management will be at Thomas Cook’s offices in Manchester, following a meeting of our reps.”

Thomas Cook’s statement said: “We are proposing to reduce the UK fleet from 35 to 31 aircraft, returning 4 planes to the lessors at the end of their lease term with the resultant cost saving.

“Our in-house airline will continue to serve all of our key routes and in the last year alone transported over 6.8 million passengers globally to their chosen destination.

“Regrettably these proposals, if implemented, will have an inevitable impact on our people and we have today entered a period of consultation with our employees, with the expectation that approximately 430 roles will be impacted.”

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