Travel agency merger jobs risk

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WORKERS based at Co-operative Travel’s Rotherham offices are among 300 at risk after the merger of the company’s retail business with Thomas Cook.

The Co-operative Travel has begun discussing potential redundancies with staff based at Ashley Business Court, off Rawmarsh Road, on the edge of the town centre, plus those at offices in Manchester, Burslem, Ilkeston and Lichfield.

Most head office functions of Co-operative Travel are being transferred to Thomas Cook’s Peterborough headquarters.

A 90-day consultation has started on redundancies at the Co-op’s offices although the number of jobs to be lost has not yet been determined.

Chief executive of the new Co-op and Thomas Cook Joint Venture company, Simon Robinson, said: “By relocating certain functions and bringing together activities that support specific areas, we believe the sales, service and financial performances of the Joint Venture as a whole would improve.

“We have shared with our colleagues the location proposals and the steps we’ll take to support them through this process.”