THE fall out for the staff of failed delivery firm City Link is truly horrendous – one can’t imagine the agony on hearing about the firm’s collapse on Christmas Day.
Thousands of redundancies are expected on New Year’s Eve.
These guys – owed money from work in the busy pre-Christmas period – will also be left potentially with a van they have to pay for
But it’s not just the Coventry based firm’s staff at its 53 depots that will be affected by the firm’s business failure – it’s all the self-employed van drivers that work for the company who will also be feeling the pain.
According to the RMT union, individual sub contractors, owed thousands of pounds, are unlikely to see any of their money.
Under an agreement with leasing firm Lex Autolease, self-employed van drivers can get a fully City Link liveried 3.5 LWB van for £120 + VAT a week and were able to work on an owner driver agreement for City Link.
These guys – owed money from work in the busy pre-Christmas period – will also be left potentially with a van they have to pay for. Quite how this element of the City Link collapse fall out will play out is far from clear.
What is perfectly clear, though, is that many self-employed van drivers are facing a very uncertain and uncomfortable future.