Masterton Raises Concerns over Thomas Cook branch jobs

Local MP Paul Masterton yesterday raised concerns about branch jobs lost locally following the collapse of global travel group Thomas Cook.

The airline went into compulsory liquidation this past Monday with 9,000 staff across the UK left without jobs, with local branches in East Renfrewshire also affected.

The East Ren MP raised concerns on the floor of the House during Wednesday’s statement in the House of Commons.

In the Chamber, Paul asked the Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps MP,

“The Thomas Cook branch in Clarkston was operated by a small but excellent team who are now worried about their futures and it also occupied a key high street unit. I very much welcome the cross-departmental taskforce, but can the Secretary of State ensure that Members across the House continue to be updated as to its progress, so that we can continue to provide the best support and advice to our constituents?”

Outside the chamber, Paul said

“As well as passengers, employees across the country, including those working at branches in East Renfrewshire, have been affected. We should not forget the difficult and uncertain time they will be facing.”

The DWP has set up a rapid response team to help people find new jobs, and a cross-government task force is being set up to monitor the support that can be given to individuals as well as communities hit by a large number of job losses.”

“Any employee needing support please get in touch.”