Purchasers to face redundancy at Eurotunnel

3 November 2005
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03 November 2005

The procurement department at Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel will not escape a wave of voluntary redundancies.

The company announced in October that a total of 900 employees, split equally between the UK and France, will have left the firm by June 2006, bringing its headcount to 2,300. It hopes the reduction in staff will strengthen its financial position.

Eurotunnel confirmed that all departments - including purchasing - will be affected. But a spokesman said there were no details yet on the impact on individual functions.

Changes have been taking place since the arrival of chairman and chief executive Jacques Gounon in June. SM reported the appointment of Patrick Etienne as purchasing director and Jean-Pierre Ramirez as director with responsibility for railway access contracts, who will both remain in their posts despite the upheaval.

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