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IMechE concern over single institution

INSTITUTION OF Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) president Professor Chris Taylor this week publicly set out his concerns over negotiations to form a single electro-mechanical institution.

Taylor said that compromise over a 'full range of issues' was needed to reassure IMechE members that their interests were being properly represented.

He set out his concerns in letters to the Institutions of Electrical Engineers (IEE) and Institution of Incorporated Engineers (IIE), published this week on the IMechE website.

'The IMechE has made its position [on the merger between IMechE, IEE and IIE] clear and also that it is willing to compromise, ' Taylor told NCE this week.

'But it is not a matter of just rolling over. Our members would be duly critical if we didn't have these discussions.'

His letter emphasised that IMechE remained 'unequivocally committed' to the merger but added that this had to be 'based on equity and respect for what each partner has to offer'.

IMechE has concerns over key issues such as the composition of the transitional Trustee Board, the appointment of the chief executive and plans for the Institution's future learned society role.

The merger plan is expected to be put to IMechE, IEE and IIE members within the next two months and, if approved, full merger achieved by January 2005.

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