Aviva challenged to say if lost Irish jobs going to UK
Published 24/10/2011 | 05:00
AVIVA has been asked to clarify if some of the 950 jobs being lost in its Irish operation are to be effectively transferred to the UK.
The challenge came as trade union UNITE today stages the last of four meetings to brief staff on the controversial job cuts plan which will halve the size of Aviva's 1,770-strong Irish workforce.
A national ballot on industrial action is likely within 48 hours. The final briefing meeting takes place in Portlaoise today -- with Dublin, Galway and Cork staff having already unanimously endorsed an industrial action ballot.
UNITE's Rob Harnett said workers urgently need clarification on what is happening.
"We don't know what the future holds for each of the jobs -- the communication from management has been poor throughout this whole process," he said.
Union official Brian Gallagher said the union wanted detailed answers to its questions about which jobs will be axed and in what locations.
UNITE expressed hope that engagement with the insurance giant may help reduce the overall number of job losses in Ireland.
Mr Gallagher acknowledged that workers have to date been treated "abysmally".
"We all know that multinationals are soulless but the actions of Aviva here have been sadistic," he said.
"Saying half the jobs are going but we're not going to tell you which half means that there are 2,000 workers putting their lives on hold with Christmas just a few weeks away," he added.
The firm has so far not clarified what severance terms will be available to staff.