Fair Redundancy For Job Losses
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Former Thomas Cook workers staging a sit-in occupation at the company’s Grafton Street premises may risk prison after deciding to defy a High Court order to vacate the building.
Earlier today about 150 people staged a rally outside the Grafton Street office in support of the workers. At the protest, Lord Mayor Emer Costello, who knows some of the workers, said she found the situation heartbreaking for staff and their families.
“The people that are there in Thomas Cook have given a lifetime service to Thomas Cook and have been very loyal workers,” she said. “I find it very disheartening that people have to go to those lengths to try and protect their jobs. It’s a very bad situation. I’m very disappointed that Thomas Cook feels it has to shut down its Irish operation.”
Thomas Cook (22 November 1808 – 18 July 1892) of Melbourne, Derbyshire, founded the travel agency that is now Thomas Cook Group. He was brought up as a strict Baptist and joined his local Temperance Society. He worked as a cabinet maker and part-time publisher of Baptist and Temperance pamphlets, becoming a Baptist minister in 1828.