FEARS have been raised over the future of jobs at Hays Travel's Dunfermline branch.

Dunfermline MSP Shirley-Anne Somerville has written to the travel agent after it announced they would be cutting up to 878 jobs in the UK.

They confirmed the decision yesterday (Monday), claiming they'd been left with "no choice" due to the UK Government's changes to furlough conditions.

The chain has 47 outlets in total across Scotland, including one as part of Dunfermline's Kingsgate Centre.

Ms Somerville commented: "I know that reports of job cuts will be deeply unsettling for Hays Travel employees in Dunfermline.

"That's why I have written to the company, seeking urgent clarification about their plans for the branch as a matter of priority.

"COVID-19 has put a lot of pressure on businesses across the UK, and the travel and tourism industry has clearly taken a major hit.

"However, staff need clarity over these plans and I would implore Hays Travel to make every possible effort to protect jobs."

The Press have asked Hays Travel whether any jobs in Dunfermline will be lost.

Hays Travel bought all Thomas Cook stores in October last year as the company entered liquidation the previous month.

That meant the Dunfermline premises was saved from closure and at least four members of staff were part of the branch in December when the Press reported its takeover.