Monday, August 03, 2009

[olympiaworkers] Thomas Cook outlets in Dublin occupied against closure Aug 2 2009

Thomas Cook workers demonstrate against closure in Dublin in July

On Friday 31 July Thomas Cook managers and security went to close down
shops in Dublin at 10 a.m. Staff in two of the outlets then occupied their
workplaces in response.

The workers, some of whom are members of the Transport and Salaried Staff
Association (TSSA), have since been served a court ordered to leave the
premises but are refusing to budge.

The context to this dispute is a company that seeks to consolidate and
increase profits through the closure of more than 100 shops. The closures
in Dublin fly in the face of these shops making more than £400 million
profit during 2008.

Manny Fontenla-Novoa, CEO of Thomas Cook, recently received a 34% pay rise
and a 7 million Euro bonus. This was his reward for boosting profits by
making over 2,000 low paid workers redundant across the UK. Now he wants
to do the same to his loyal Irish staff.

Supporters of the workers are urged to:
1. Hand write a message and run it through the fax: fax number: 00 35316
771258 and 00 35318 783965
2. Send emails to and
3. Join the Facebook group:
4. Sign the online petition

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