Thomas Cook to cut 2500 jobs in UK
3 March 2013
Highstreet travel firm Thomas Cook said it would cut 2,500 jobs from its UK workforce and close 195 stores in Britain as part of its plans to restructure the business.
Most of the losses would be within its retail network and in back-office and administrative positions.
It would involve the closure of 195 of its 1,069 UK stores, said the world's oldest travel group, which has a total workforce of 15,500 in the UK.
Thomas Cook said jobs at its head offices at Peterborough and Preston were at risk, while its Accrington office would likely be shut.
Last year, the company had sought 23 redundancies from its 73-strong Irish workforce, based in Dublin. It shut its remaining stores in Ireland in 2009 and now operates in Ireland under a number of brands including Panorama and Sunworld, which are marketed through travel agencies, and online.
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