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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 0141 778 8993.
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...