Northern Ireland

City Link: Threat to 23 Belfast jobs after delivery firm closure

A City Link van Image copyright PA
Image caption The firm's online parcel tracking system remains live and a phone helpline will be open on Saturday

Twenty-three jobs at a Belfast parcel delivery depot are at risk after the Coventry-based courier firm City Link revealed it had gone into administration.

The company made the announcement on Christmas Day.

Administrators have warned of "substantial redundancies" in the coming days.

Nearly 3,000 members of staff and contractors across the UK are expected to lose their jobs.

The RMT union has demanded "urgent talks" with ministers and administrators about the collapse of the service.

One City Link worker at the Belfast depot, who wished to remain anonymous, told BBC News NI that the announcement had come as a complete shock.

"I heard from the company via text message to report to work at eight o'clock on Monday morning so that the administrators can advise us," he said.

"That's all I've received from the company, nothing else.

"My wife works part-time so I'm the breadwinner. I've two daughters aged five and two - I don't know what I'm going to do."

Operations will be suspended at the company's depots until Monday, when customers and recipients will be able to collect parcels - which they have been urged to do as soon as possible.

The firm's online parcel tracking system remains live and a phone helpline will be open on Saturday and then from 29 December.

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