The union that represented Thomas Cook retail staff has written to Tui seeking to rekindle its recognition and collective bargaining relationship dating to the Thomson Travel era.
TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes has written to Tui managing director UK and Ireland Andrew Flintham to extend its services to Tui’s retail staff.
“The sad demise of Thomas Cook has clearly shown to travel trade workers the value of trade union membership,” said Cortes.
Cook’s collapse leaves Tui the “sole, major, vertically integrated tour operator” in the UK, said the TSSA.
Cortes has requested a meeting with Tui to discuss voluntary recognition. “Our union was recognised in Thomson’s so we are looking to rebuild our old acquaintances,” he said.
“We are also working with colleagues in our global union movement, particularly trade unionists in Germany who already enjoy recognition within Tui, to make the case to Mr Flintham and his team.
“What we are seeking is for Tui workers on our high streets to be treated in the same manner as their German counterparts. It’s important they are given a collective voice through recognition of our union.”
TTG has approached Tui for comment.