Job assurances sought by Unite, following BOC merger deal

Job assurances sought by Unite, following BOC merger deal

02 June 2017

Assurances are being sought about the future job security of BOC workers in the UK by Unite, the country’s largest union, following a $73 billion merger involving BOC’s parent company.

The merger is between Germany’s Linde company, which owns BOC, and US firm Praxair.

Unite national officer Tony Devlin said today (Friday 2 June): “A merger of this magnitude is bound to create a climate of uncertainty for the workforces involved.

“Unite will be seeking assurances from the management of the merged company about job security, and the maintenance of terms and conditions.

“We want to have high-level talks to ascertain the exact nature of the merged company’s business plan in the UK going forward.

“We will be liaising with our trade union colleagues in Germany, represented on Linde’s supervisory board, to chart the best way forward.

“Unite has about 2,000 members working for BOC across the UK and their future employment security will be the top priority for the union in the days and weeks ahead.”

BOC is the largest provider of industrial, medical and specialist gases in Britain and Ireland, and was the subject of a £8 billion takeover by Linde in 2006.


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Email: 

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.