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This morning I met with some of the workers from City Link. These workers have been treated in an appalling way. On Christmas eve, they found out from the television news that City Link was entering administration and on Hogmanay they were made redundant.

Too many workplaces in the East End have had redundancies like this recently, and in too many places the companies are allowed to treat their workers poorly with no penalties.

That is why I asked the Scottish Affairs Committee in the House of Commons to launch a full investigation into what happened at City Link. The decisions made by the company’s management over Christmas meant that 165 people across Scotland, and 175 in the East End, were made redundant.

This investigation has to ensure that no stone is left unturned – that we get to the bottom of what happened at City Link so it cannot happen again. It may be too late for these workers, but for hundreds of others it could make a difference.

We also have to make sure that the men and women who have been made redundant are given the support they need to get back to work. This means that the Scottish Government has to take action to provide support for retraining to make sure they are in the best position to get new jobs.

For too many people, especially older people who have been working for a company for decades, redundancy can mean the end of their working lives. This is a waste of their talents, and both the UK and Scottish Governments need to be taking action to ensure that this is not the case.

Following the meeting today, the Scottish Affairs Committee will take evidence from the workers’ trade union, RMT, in London tomorrow.

If you are a former City Link worker in the east end, or if you are a constituent facing redundancy, don’t hesitate to contact me on margaret.curran.mp@parliament.uk or 0141 778 8993. 

BLOG: Why we need an inquiry for City Link workers

This morning I met with some of the workers from City Link. These workers have been treated in an appalling way. On Christmas eve, they found out from the television...

Margaret Curran has called for an urgent inquiry into the City Link crisis, after 75 workers in the East End were made redundant over Christmas and New Year. 

Parcel delivery company City Link, which employs 165 people across Scotland and 75 in Glasgow, went into administration on Christmas Eve and workers were told they would be made redundant on Hogmanay. 

Margaret said:

“My first priority is to make sure the workers who have been made redundant get the support they need. They have faced awful treatment – they found out that the company was in trouble on Christmas Eve, and they were made redundant on Hogmanay. 

“We need to get to the bottom of exactly what happened at City Link. No stone should be left unturned. That is why I have written to the Chair of the Scottish Affairs Committee asking for a full investigation and why I have asked members of the Committee to visit my constituency next week to speak with the workers and trade unions.”

Margaret calls for City Link inquiry

Margaret Curran has called for an urgent inquiry into the City Link crisis, after 75 workers in the East End were made redundant over Christmas and New Year.  Parcel delivery...

Margaret has hit out at Liberal Democrat MPs after they refused to back a Labour motion to scrap the hated Bedroom Tax in the Commons yesterday.

Over recent months high-profile Liberal Democrats, including even leader Nick Clegg, have hinted that they would be open to scrapping the policy, yet yesterday they united with the Tories to ensure the motion was defeated by 298 votes to 266.

Glasgow East MP, Ms Curran said: ‘Scotland will not forgive or forget this betrayal. We had the opportunity to abolish the bedroom tax, but the Tories and Lib Dems – including their Scottish MPs – votes to keep this cruel and unjust tax.’

Margaret slams Lib Dem Bedroom Tax Betrayal

Margaret has hit out at Liberal Democrat MPs after they refused to back a Labour motion to scrap the hated Bedroom Tax in the Commons yesterday. Over recent months high-profile...

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