Jobs threat from BTR merger plan

BTR, the engineering group which has announced merger plans with fellow engineering firm Siebe, was this week unable to confirm whether PR jobs would be lost.

BTR, the engineering group which has announced merger plans with

fellow engineering firm Siebe, was this week unable to confirm whether

PR jobs would be lost.



However, with both BTR and Siebe headquartered in the UK and both

employing PR chiefs, the merger, due to be approved by shareholders next

year, will produce some duplication in the communications

department.



Five thousand jobs are expected to be at risk worldwide. One thousand

jobs are expected to be scrapped in the UK.



BTR corporate communications director Peter Gavan was unable to confirm

whether his four-member team would be affected. He said: ’As is usual

when you have a merger there will be job cuts, not just in one area. I

won’t speculate as to where the jobs will be lost because that would be

premature in the extreme.’



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