Thousands of UK jobs will be axed at BOC Gases as a result of its £7.2bn take-over by French company Air Liquide and Air Products, manufacturing union MSF has claimed.
Air Liquide is buying BOC’s British and Irish assets as part of the deal. MSF general secretary Roger Lyons has called on the Government to intervene to prevent jobs from being shed. `Jobs in Britain are cheaply disposed of compared to jobs in France, and Air Liquide will lose no sleep making thousands of UK workers redundant,’ Lyons said.
`BOC is a market leader in its field and the skills and expertise of the workforce will be lost if this takeover is allowed to go ahead.’
BOC, which has 11,000 staff in Britain and Ireland, declined to comment on the union’s claims.
Hap Wagner, Air Products chairman and chief executive, said he does not expect mass job cuts because Air Liquide has no other British or Irish businesses which might duplicate operations carried out by BOC.
Air Liquide itself declined to comment.