Struggling travel firm Thomas Cook is closing one of its regional offices with hundreds of jobs likely to go.
The firm said the office in Bradford, West Yorkshire, employs 537 people but stressed some roles will be relocated to other offices.
Unions said the move was a scandal and blamed the job losses on former chief executive Manny Fontenla-Novoa, saying their members "are going to pay the price of that mismanagement with their jobs".
In a statement, Ian Ailles, chief executive Mainstream at Thomas Cook UK & Ireland, said, "As part of the previously announced UK turnaround, we have regrettably today advised colleagues in our Bradford office that we're proposing to close it by March next year, relocating some roles to our other UK sites in Birkenshaw (near Bradford), Peterborough and Falkirk."
It added: "As ever, we're proud that our customers will still always be able to speak to someone in the UK - should they need to - from whenever they call before, during and after their Thomas Cook holiday."
Thomas Cook said its Mainstream business currently employs 537 people at Bradford, 252 at Falkirk, 113 at Birkenshaw and 434 people at Peterborough.
Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA travel union, said: "Thomas Cook is largely in the mess it is because of the mismanagement of former chief executive Manny Fontenla, who was paid an astonishing £15 million for driving the company towards the very edge of the cliff.
"Now hundreds of our members are going to pay the price of that mismanagement with their jobs while he has ridden off into the sunset with all the loot. It is a scandal."
Mr Fontenla-Novoa left the firm last year with a controversial £1 million plus pay-off. Last month, Thomas Cook announced it had racked up £300 million of losses
and admitted that its brand had been hit by its near-collapse last year.
The 170-year-old company said that the negative publicity it suffered after it went to its banks for an additional £200 million of loans to secure its future had weakened sentiment towards it. But chief executive Sam Weihagen pointed to several areas as evidence of the firm's turnaround.
- 1. Dinner ladies
- 2. Lollipop men and ladies
- 3. Playgroup workers
- 4. Waiters/waitresses
- 5. Bar staff
- 6. Domestic cleaners
- 7. Company secretaries
- 8. Travel and tour guides
- 9. Elementary cleaning operations
- 10. Elementary personal services occupations