Travel agency staff reel­ing from dou­ble clo­sure shock

RE­CES­SION LAT­EST BUD­GET TRAVEL BOSSES CON­TINUE DIS­CUSSING RE­DUN­DAN­CIES

Bray People - - NEWS - Mary FOG­A­RTY

FAL­CON TRAVEL on Quins­boro Road will close its doors by the end of Oc­to­ber, while Bray’s Bud­get Travel could be one of 14 of the group’s stores to close in the same time pe­riod.

A Fal­con staff mem­ber has con­firmed that they were told in re­cent weeks that the shop would close. There are six peo­ple em­ployed there, some of whom have only ever worked in travel while at least two are there less than a year.

The busi­ness will be ab­sorbed by other shops in the group. ‘We are ob­vi­ously dev­as­tated,’ said a staff mem­ber. ‘That’s the way it is ev­ery­where now. Busi­ness has been get­ting very quiet as we can’t com­pete with the in­ter­net.’

Mean­while, Bud­get Travel has con­firmed that it will close 14 of its stores around the coun­try by the end of next month. But the com­pany says it is still talk­ing to staff about the num­ber of re­dun­dan­cies that are likely to re­sult from the clo­sures.

In the mid­dle of last Au­gust, the com­pany an­nounced it had be­gun a 30-day con­sul­ta­tion process with staff, which was likely to re­sult in the clo­sure of 14 of its 31 stores, and the loss of 95 jobs be­tween the shops and head of­fice. The com­pany cur­rently em­ploys 266 peo­ple.

A spokesman for the com­pany said the clo­sure of the shops would hap­pen, but the com­pany was still in con­sul­ta­tion with staff with a view to try­ing to save as many jobs as pos­si­ble. He added that the com­pany is ex­am­in­ing some op­tions which could save some of the jobs.

Bud­get Travel on the cor­ner of No­vara Av­enue.

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