Eurocentral protest as jobs go at parcels firm

Union rep Mick Ward, front centre, reflects on job losses which are hitting his family particularly hard.
Union rep Mick Ward, front centre, reflects on job losses which are hitting his family particularly hard.
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Workers are facing New Year without a job after the collapse of parcel delivery firm City Link which has a depot at Eurocentral.

They were stunned to be told on Christmas Eve that the company had gone into administration - news that was confirmed on Christmas Day.

As they struggled to come to terms with the announcement, workers staged a demonstration outside the Eurocentral depot this week and union leaders called on politicians to intervene in a bid to save jobs.

An official from the RMT union said 27 people are employed at the depot near Holytown, with another 30 working as sub-contractors and 10 to 15 more employed indirectly.

However, most of them were expected to be out of work by Hogmanay with only a few being kept on to clear up existing orders.

The depot has been at Eurocentral for around 10 years, having been in Bellshill’s Righead Industrial Estate before that.

For Bellshill man Mick Ward, senior RMT official at the depot, the closure is a particularly cruel blow as his son and daughter work there too.

Gordon Martin, Scottish organiser for the union, spoke on behalf of the workers outside the depot on Monday. Referring to the news breaking at Christmas, he said: “Scrooge is alive and well in 2014. What a dreadful way to treat your workers.”

The RMT is demanding an urgent meeting with Government business secretary Vince Cable.

More on this story in the Times & Speaker, out on Wednesday.