News : Anxious Time for EE Staff as BT Plots Takeover
Dec 17, 2014 -- A Telecoms firm has been warned not to squander thousands of North-East jobs as its plots a bid for EE.
BT is in negotiations to take over operator EE, which has offices in Darlington, Doxford, in Sunderland, and Cobalt Business Park, near Newcastle.
Bosses say the move would improve services and cut costs, but have highlighted potential changes to back office operations, leaving EE’s regional workforce facing an anxious Christmas.
Darlington MP Jenny Chapman last night urged bosses not to waste its North-East staff.
BT told The Northern Echo it was too early to comment on any changes, with weeks of due diligence now under way.
It added any deal for EE would create an expanded organisation covering fixed-lines phones, mobiles and TV, as well as giving it access to a 4G network, which delivers instant internet roaming.
But Mrs Chapman said while she was not seeking an immediate meeting with the firm, she would act if it wasted EE workers’ skills.
She said: "EE is the most significant employer in Darlington, so I’ll be watching developments incredibly closely.Talks are at an early stage and we don’t know yet what the outcome will be."
"But my job, should the deal go ahead, is to make sure Darlington staff are not squandered by a huge corporation that fails to recognise the skills and experience they have built up over many years.
"This is such an established site, and at the very least, the people employed here should be regarded on an equal footing with BT workers."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Friday, December 19, 2014