Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Staff continue sit-in at Thomas Cook Dublin store

Thomas Cook staff today continued a sit-in at one of the company's Irish branches today over redundancy terms following the early closure of the High Street operation in Ireland.

Almost 40 workers, including two pregnant women, have vowed to remain in the Dublin store until bosses offer a better redundancy package.

Management at the travel giant have shut the firm's two Dublin stores a month ahead of schedule claiming they wanted to minimise any disruption to customers.

In May, the travel company announced it was shutting its High Street operation in Ireland.

Some 77 jobs are to be axed with the closure of the two Thomas Cook branches as well as a Direct Holidays outlet, although the latter is not due to shut until the end of the summer.

Thomas Cook insisted it would maintain its Irish business at its back office and call centre operation in Parkwest, Dublin with 70 positions being retained.

The cuts will not affect operations in Northern Ireland.

Thomas Cook said it brought forward the closure to minimise disruption to customers.

The company said it was offering five weeks per year of service as a redundancy package, which will drop to two weeks if the workers do not accept it.

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