Travel industry union the TSSA has challenged Thomas Cook plans to cut 260 jobs at an Accrington call centre.

The job losses, announced last week, will see work transfered to offices at Bradford and Peterborough and follow Thomas Cook’s merger with former rival MyTravel last year to form the UK’s second-biggest travel group. MyTravel was based in Rochdale and had a substantial presence in the north west.

Thomas Cook has begun a 90-day redundancy consultation with representatives of the staff.

TSSA general secretary Gerry Doherty said: “We warned last year that the merger would cost jobs in the high street and at call centres. We saw 2,000 jobs go then, including the closure of offices in Rochdale. Now the north west is being hit again. We will oppose this and do all in our power to maintain local jobs for the people of Accrington.”