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City Link: RMT union boss to tell MPs of his anger over firm's collapse

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Image caption City Link employs 2,727 in the UK with 165 in Scotland

A union leader is expected to tell MPs at Westminster how his anger is increasing over the collapse of UK delivery firm City Link.

Mick Cash, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, will face questions from Scottish Affairs Committee members.

The politicians are to discuss City Link's impending closure announced on Christmas Day.

The firm employs 2,727 people in the UK, with 165 in Scotland.

Elsewhere at Westminster, the Business, Innovation and Skills select committee is due to press UK Business Secretary Vince Cable to investigate what happened at City Link, which had suffered "substantial losses" over a number of years.

Ahead of the Scottish Affairs committee session, Mr Cash said: "It's been over a fortnight now since the announcement; I thought maybe my anger and bitterness would have died down a little bit, but if anything it's getting stronger."

He added: "I went down to London two weeks prior to the announcement where I met the management as there had been concerns raised that the company was having problems. They assured me that everything was ok."

On Monday, MPs on the committee met with workers and sub-contractors who lost out when the courier company called in the administrators.

Ian Davidson, chairman of the committee, said: "We've obviously been very concerned about what has happened to City Link workers - the way in which they have been dismissed, the shortage of notice, the fact that the notice was coming out on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

"There were rumours of the company closing beforehand but the employees were kept on working and given assurances, as were the sub-contractors, that everything was ok.

"What we'll try to do is identify what we believe is wrong, then we will get to the stage of identifying solutions. We will want to hear from the RMT at UK level what the overall pattern is."

City Link employees
Location Total employees
Aberdeen 19
Ashford 24
Bangor 16
Basingstoke 25
Beckenham 23
Beckton 32
Belfast 23
Bicester 28
Birmingham 70
Bournemouth 32
Bristol 50
Cardiff 44
Carlisle 28
Chelmsford 48
Coventry 404
Cowes 4
Durham 56
Edinburgh 22
Edmonton 36
Epsom 22
Exeter 41
Gatwick 42
Glasgow 75
Glenrothes 22
Gloucester 32
Guildford 24
Hatfield 116
Heathrow 132
Leeds 1
Leeming 34
Leicester 1
Lincoln 25
London City 19
London West Central 43
Maidstone 48
Manchester 67
Milton Keynes 91
Morley 74
Motherwell 27
Newcastle 45
Newmarket 1
Northampton 47
Norwich 44
Nottingham 48
Peterborough 63
Plymouth 58
Preston 52
Reading 2
Rotherham 34
Scunthorpe 28
Shrewsbury 38
Southampton 33
Stafford 40
Swansea 30
Swindon 73
Warrington 115
West Bromwich 56

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