City Link workers to stage protest

Published: Wednesday 31st December 2014 by The News Editor

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Workers facing redundancy from collapsed courier firm City Link will stage a further demonstration today at the company’s head office.

Members of the RMT trade union are due to protest outside the company’s offices and depot in Baginton, Coventry, after it emerged that around 30,000 parcels are still being held by City Link.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash has claimed that the treatment of City Link’s employees exposed a “cosy relationship between bandit capitalism” and the political elite.

The protest comes a day after a Staffordshire-based parcel delivery company said it was set to make up to 100 jobs available to workers axed by City Link.

APC Overnight said it would give priority to former City Link staff in filling vacancies at its national sorting centre in Cannock.

Staff at City Link, many of whom learnt of the company’s collapse on Christmas Day, have been told by administrators to expect “substantial redundancies” among its 2,727-strong workforce.

Its administrator, Ernst & Young, estimates that around 30,000 parcels are still being held at City Link depots around the country.

City Link customers who have sent parcels and intended recipients are being advised that depots remain open for items to be picked up between 8am and 8pm.

Ernst & Young said in a statement: “The volume of parcels currently in the City Link network is low, and all depots will be open until approximately January 6.

“Customers and recipients can locate which depot their parcel is being held in using the City Link website.”

Speaking earlier this week, the founder of City Link’s parent company denied the firm’s collapse was mishandled and apologised to workers who found out on Christmas Day that they would lose their jobs.

Jon Moulton said the directors of Better Capital, which owns the parcel delivery firm, were “very sorry” about its collapse and the “horrible” effects for its workforce.

Published: Wednesday 31st December 2014 by The News Editor

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