Thomas Cook set to close Bradford administration office with loss of 150 jobs

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Almost 150 jobs in Bradford are set to be axed by Thomas Cook Almost 150 jobs in Bradford are set to be axed by Thomas Cook

Loss-making travel giant Thomas Cook is planning to pull ‘back office’ operations out of Bradford with the phased closure of its remaining administrative centre in Birkenshaw.

It is the second major jobs bombshell from the historic company and follows the axing of its city centre call centre in Aldermanbury with the loss of about 500 jobs.

The latest closure plans will hit effect 150 staff - some of whom survived the previous cull.

Thomas Cook said transfer of work from Birkenshaw to its Peterborough base would begin from next month, with the office in Inmoor Road due to close by the end of January 2015.

Staff at Birkenshaw, including 76 who were transferred from Aldermanbury when it closed, have been told of the planned move and a 45-day formal consultation period will start from Monday.

These will include details on when any changes may occur and where each function will be located.

Plans involve migrating back office and support functions from Birkenshaw to Peterborough throughout 2014.

Some functions could cease or be outsourced, depending on operational changes.

The company said the decision had been reached after considering several options under its ‘location strategy review’ and closing Birkenshaw was seen as the most effective as the group strives to get back on track after its bankers nearly pulled the plug.

Thomas Cook said customer service levels would not be affected by the closure plans and it would explore all options for staff, including possible relocation or redeployment opportunities.

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4:40pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Albion. says...

I thought it was in Kirklees.
I thought it was in Kirklees. Albion.

6:38pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Avro says...

A shame that people are to lose their jobs, but is anyone surprised by this as it was inevitable this latest chop job would come about.
A shame that people are to lose their jobs, but is anyone surprised by this as it was inevitable this latest chop job would come about. Avro

6:57pm Thu 30 Jan 14

smitd says...

Your right Albion it is in Kirklees but it has a Bradford post code most of it has a Bradford phone code but a small part of it has a Leeds phone code
Your right Albion it is in Kirklees but it has a Bradford post code most of it has a Bradford phone code but a small part of it has a Leeds phone code smitd

7:33pm Thu 30 Jan 14

bcfc1903 says...

I think you'll find that most Birkinshaw folk put Bradford underneath their village name when posting Letters even though it's Kirklees. Bradford Trams had a service there as they did to Drighlington which is actually in Leeds yet many letters are posted with Bradford underneath that village name. Gomersal also has a connection with Bradford hence the chemical works being called the Bradford depot and the town of Cleckheaton having the same connection.

I think the loss of jobs is a disaster for those who work at Thomas Cook in Birkenshaw but unfortunately hardly surprising after their pull out of the Bradford city centre premises.
I think you'll find that most Birkinshaw folk put Bradford underneath their village name when posting Letters even though it's Kirklees. Bradford Trams had a service there as they did to Drighlington which is actually in Leeds yet many letters are posted with Bradford underneath that village name. Gomersal also has a connection with Bradford hence the chemical works being called the Bradford depot and the town of Cleckheaton having the same connection. I think the loss of jobs is a disaster for those who work at Thomas Cook in Birkenshaw but unfortunately hardly surprising after their pull out of the Bradford city centre premises. bcfc1903

8:09pm Thu 30 Jan 14

alive and awake says...

Clr. Green will probably get a positive out of this, or he would be in total denial.
Clr. Green will probably get a positive out of this, or he would be in total denial. alive and awake

9:24pm Thu 30 Jan 14

brains and brawn says...

Should this rag be correct then a 45 day 'consultation period', i.e 7 weeks, is meagre and reflects the indiscriminate and remorseless loss of social contract. Business does not regard reciprocal arrangements where both parties benefit in any way close to what in common sense terms is fair and reasonable.

Now't fresh perhaps but.... Alan Whicker wouldn't like it...
Should this rag be correct then a 45 day 'consultation period', i.e 7 weeks, is meagre and reflects the indiscriminate and remorseless loss of social contract. Business does not regard reciprocal arrangements where both parties benefit in any way close to what in common sense terms is fair and reasonable. Now't fresh perhaps but.... Alan Whicker wouldn't like it... brains and brawn

9:30pm Thu 30 Jan 14

micela22 says...

after having cause to complain to Thomas Cook and their way of dealing with complaint - ie not even looked at until it was 20 days old hardly surprised, sorry for the local employees though, it`s going the same way Intersun went years ago
after having cause to complain to Thomas Cook and their way of dealing with complaint - ie not even looked at until it was 20 days old hardly surprised, sorry for the local employees though, it`s going the same way Intersun went years ago micela22

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