A union has branded as "disgraceful" the timing of an announcement that nearly 3,000 workers are facing redundancies over the holidays.
The RMT demanded "urgent talks" with Business Secretary Vince Cable after it was revealed on Christmas Day that parcel delivery group City Link had gone into administration.
City Link, which has 2,727 employees, has operations at Kangley Bridge Road, Eastbury Road and Deer Park Road. The company, with 2,727 employees, called in administrators from professional services firm EY after years of "substantial losses".
The Coventry-based company now expects numerous redundancies after no buyer could be found to bail it out.
A number of staff will be retained to help return parcels to customers and help with winding down the company, EY said.
Customers who had placed parcels with the company on Christmas Eve and intended recipients who have been notified of a failed or pending delivery are urged to retrieve their parcels as soon as possible on or after December 29.
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Shoppers are expected to have spent £150m this weekend in the West End alone.
And retailers expect to take up to £300m before Christmas, according to the New West End Company.
Footfall has also risen by 6.7 % from 2013, it said.
Tuesday between 1-2 pm is set to be the busiest hour on the busiest shopping day across Britain, according to the credit card provider Visa.
Londoners are expected to spend around £150 million this weekend beginning on 'panic Saturday' as shopping days before Christmas dwindle.
The New West End Company predicted the retail takings, and said that footfall in the West End this morning was up 7.1% year on year.
Daily Christmas carol performances begin on the evening of Monday December 8 around the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square.
More than fifty groups will take part between now and December the 23rd. They will be raising funds for voluntary and charitable organisations.
The focal point of the performances is the Christmas tree, which has been a gift from the people of Norway to Londoners every year since 1947. It is seen as a token of gratitude for Britain's support for Norway during the Second World War.
Carol performances will take place from 4-8pm on weekdays, and 2-6pm at weekends.
Over 60,000 children in the capital are facing Christmas homeless this year, according to a new report from the charity Shelter.
The charity has found that the number of families living in B&B's and in shared housing has almost doubled in the past three years.
More than half of those families also say their children's mental and emotional health has been affected by their living situation.
Some children are facing a commute of up to two hours to get to school because of their living arrangements.
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