Eurotunnel comms jobs axed as part of cutbacks

A third of comms jobs at beleaguered Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel are to go as part of a swathe of voluntary redundancies announced by the company last week.

Eurotunnel head of comms John Keefe said the company would reduce its PRO headcount from 21 to 14 at its offices in Paris and at the Eurotunnel terminals in Folkestone and Coquelles, near Calais.

But Keefe stressed that all PR job losses would be voluntary and confirmed that he was staying in his position.

'Owing to the financial restructuring, a larger part of our press function will be on the French side,' Keefe told PRWeek. 'We will be working in a much more co-ordinated manner.'

The seven PR jobs are being axed as part of a cull of 900 posts announced last week. The voluntary redundancies are expected to be complete by June 2006 and are part of the company's drive to cut its £6.1bn debt.

Eurotunnel's current management took control of the company last year following a revolt by French shareholders.

The vast majority of Eurotunnel's shareholders are French because UK investors have largely retreated from the ailing company.

Over the past year the company has been locked in negotiations with creditors.

Last month Eurotunnel hired Gavin Anderson to bolster its financial PR around the talks (PRWeek, 23 September). Eurotunnel's senior creditors have engaged Brunswick.

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