Furious City Link drivers ‘owed thousands’ set fire to uniforms outside Rotherham depot

T-shirts are burnt outside the City Link Depot, Bradmarsh Way, Rotherham, after workers lost their jobs. Picture: Andrew Roe
T-shirts are burnt outside the City Link Depot, Bradmarsh Way, Rotherham, after workers lost their jobs. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Furious delivery drivers who have lost their jobs in the collapse of City Link say they are owed thousands of pounds by the parcel firm.

Around 15 former workers held a protest outside the firm’s Rotherham depot, setting company uniforms alight after pinning them to the gates of the site at Bradmarsh Business Park.

T-shirts are burnt outside the City Link Depot, Bradmarsh Way, Rotherham, after workers lost their jobs. Picture: Andrew Roe

T-shirts are burnt outside the City Link Depot, Bradmarsh Way, Rotherham, after workers lost their jobs. Picture: Andrew Roe

Of the 34 Rotherham workers, 31 have been made immediately redundant, with three retained to assist with winding down operations.

But many at Friday’s protest, which was organised by the RMT union, were self-employed drivers used on a contracted basis who are not included in the official redundancy figures.

Drivers said they had worked for City Link for years but were ‘forced’ to become self-employed two years ago. They said the business failure will hit around 15 to 20 self-employed drivers in South Yorkshire.

Father-of-four Matthew Tingle, 39, from Ecclesall, worked for City Link for 20 years. He said he was owed £4,000.

Protesters outside the City Link Depot, Bradmarsh Way, Rotherham, after losing their jobs. Picture: Andrew Roe

Protesters outside the City Link Depot, Bradmarsh Way, Rotherham, after losing their jobs. Picture: Andrew Roe

He said: “They let us work all Christmas knowing they had no intention of paying us. I have got no livelihood and no money coming in.”

Andrew Hall, 42, from Kimberworth, said his wife gave birth to their fourth child just before Christmas and he is owed between £2,500 and £3,000.

“I feel angry about what they have done to us. They had us working 15 to 16 hours a day knowing we weren’t going to get paid.”

Thousands of staff across the country found out on Christmas Day the company had gone into administration, with 2,356 job losses confirmed on New Year’s Eve.

Administrators say the business, owned by Better Capital, had closed after making ‘substantial losses’.