City Link update: parcel chaos and all round unpleasantness

29 December 2014

City Link Approximately a million parcels are apparently stuck in depots around the country, following City Link going into administration.

Customers are now being told to track their parcels online and pick them up themselves.

The company went into administration over the Christmas period with many staff finding this news out on Christmas Day itself.

Ernst & Young had failed to find a buyer for the company which has been leaking profit for a good few years. However the way the employees have been handled has been condemned as a disgrace by the RMT, who met with Ernst & Young over the weekend to try and salvage something out of it.

Following those talks, the RMT demanded an immediate meeting with Business Secretary Vince Cable and called on the government to launch a rescue plan to save the company as a going concern.

The union said it had been told by administrators that more than 2,000 staff will be made redundant on New Year's Eve. Remaining staff will be retained in the short term to wind down the company, union officials said.

Mick Cash, RMT general secretary, called the situation a "despicable and callous manipulation" of thousands of workers, saying: "It is crystal clear that there has been a truly horrific catalogue of mismanagement at City Link and that staff and their union have been starved of basic information."

"RMT's objective now is to do everything we can to rescue jobs in the wake of the shock collapse into administration of City Link on Christmas Day.

Despite the festive season there can be no delays in getting on with the rescue programme and we expect the Government through Vince Cable to take an active role right now. The thousands of workers caught in the middle of this crisis deserve full support from every quarter."

Millionaire City Link boss Jon Moulton, who has been donating hundreds of thousands to the Tories over the years and has now switched allegiance to UKIP, blames the unions for forcing his hand.

“The intent was to announce on Boxing Day. The appointment could ­conveniently be made on Christmas Eve.

“However, the union chose to write to their members on Christmas Eve and told them the company were already in administration when they weren’t. It caused chaos and necessitated an announcement on Christmas Day, which nobody wanted.”

There speaks the sort of man who buys a company for £1 like some Trading Places lol. Dick.

A statement on City Link's website said: "The business has ceased to accept new parcels from customers and its depots will remain open for a short period of time to enable customers or intended recipients to collect parcels. Those customers who placed parcels with City Link on Christmas Eve for delivery are urged to go to the depot to retrieve their parcels as soon as possible."

"The depots will reopen following the Christmas holiday break on Monday 29 December 2014 to enable parties to collect parcels.

City Link will no longer be able to deliver any further parcels and customers are urged to make alternative arrangements for future deliveries.

The online system to access parcel tracking and therefore check on the whereabouts of your parcel is still live and should be used to identify if you need to collect your parcel and where it is located."

The union has demanded urgent talks with Business Secretary Mr Cable and said it is disappointed the minister will not meet them until the new year.

So in the meantime, several thousand people who have been shafted by a wanker who has ruined their Christmas and New Year will just lose their jobs, because the whole business isn't deemed important enough to even warrant a level of condemnation or disgust at how Moulton has behaved.

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