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City Link: 18 jobs in Northern Ireland go as bid to save parcel firm fails

By John-Paul Ford Rojas

Eighteen of the 23 staff at a parcel delivery firm in Northern Ireland have lost their jobs, it has been confirmed.

The bad news came as the administrators of City Link announced 2,356 job losses across the UK after a last-ditch bid to buy the company failed.

A handful of staff are being kept on in each depot to deal with the parcels which remain in the company's network - including just five at the Nutts Corner base in Co Antrim.

However, APC Overnight, which employs hundreds of people across the UK, and like City Link has a depot in Nutts Corner, has said there could be some jobs for drivers at its Northern Ireland branch in the new year.

Many of the company's staff found out about its collapse on Christmas Day and had been warned to expect "substantial redundancies".

The administrators said 371 people have been retained to deal with remaining parcels and to assist in realising the company's assets and winding down its operations.

City Link's administrators said that an offer made for the company had not been acceptable.

The administrators at EY said the offer made by a consortium "offered no money up front and significantly undervalued the assets to be acquired".

They said: "The administrators proposed an alternative structure that would be acceptable and common in these situations.

"The consortium, despite attempts to make them reconsider, declined to amend their original offer."

The RMT union said the failure to secure jobs was a "disgraceful and cynical betrayal". RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "The confirmation from the administrators that they have just sacked 2,400 staff and are pulling the plug on any efforts to save City Link is a disgraceful and cynical betrayal that will wreck the lives of our members, many of whom are owed thousands of pounds."

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