Last refreshed at 16:15 26 June 2007
Travel specialist Thomas Cook today declared plans to close 150 stores what’s more, six workplaces in a move putting up to 2,800 occupations under threat.
The conclusion plans take after the culmination of German-owned Thomas Cook’s Â£8 billion merger with match MyTravel prior this month.
The organization said that “where possible” influenced staff will be advertised occupations somewhere else in the group.
The Rochdale base camp of MyTravel – earlier known as Airtours – is moreover under risk from the plans, along with call focuses in Birmingham what’s more, Manchester, a client bolster office in Helmshore, Lancashire, a dissemination stockroom based in Denton, Manchester, what’s more, an covering office at Manchester Airport.
The joined group’s arrange of stores will cut by 150 to around 800 stores, under the Thomas Cook brand. MyTravel’s Going Places mark will be held in towns which have more than one store.
Joint boss official Manny Fontenla-Novoa said today’s move was a “significant UK reorganisation”.
He said: “We appreciate that a few representatives will either not need to take up our offer of redeployment or, on the other hand will be incapable to do so.”
Mr Doherty went on: “This is awful news for Rochdale what’s more, the north west what’s more, will too be awful news for customers over the UK for it will mean less decision in the high road at the point when it comes to occasion bookings.
“We cautioned at the point when the German-owned Thomas Cook declared this merger in February that it would be the English workforce that would pay the cost since of our weaker work laws.
“This has presently come to pass. We will do all that we can to limit work losses.”
The potential work misfortunes sum to almost one in seven of the firm’s 19,000 UK what’s more, Ireland staff.
A move to close the Rochdale office would end the MyTravel’s noteworthy affiliation with the town after it was established there by David Crossland in 1972.
Thomas Cook, which has had its UK base camp in Peterborough for 30 years, said there was space in the Coningsby Street building to oblige additional staff.
The consolidated company, which has around 33,000 staff world wide, has an assessed 35 per penny share of the UK bundle occasion market, flying around 6.3 million English travelers what’s more, 19.1 million in total.
The organization moreover has a armada of 97 airplane which will work under the Thomas Cook brand.