A bizarre protest was held yesterday by Irish workers whose jobs are under threat at Thomas Cook branches in Dublin. A group of protestors went to a church that Thomas Cook boss Manny Fontenla-Novoa attends in Northampton bringing along with them a model camel.
Recent reports have suggested that top brass in Thomas Cook are planning on closing high street stores in Dublin meaning the loss of seventy seven jobs. They currently operate two Thomas Cook stores and one Direct Holidays store in Dublin.
Five Irish staff members stood with the camel outside the church with a sign that read “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a Rich Man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”
The protest was supported by the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association. The group then traveled to Mr. Fontenla-Novoa’s home and handed in a letter as he was not at the church.
Thomas Cook has given assurances that jobs will be kept at their call centre in Parkwest – Dublin. Northern Ireland will not be affected.