PLANS by Aviva to shed almost 1,000 jobs at its Irish operation are sadly part of a steady stream of job losses here over the past few years.
We have grown used to the sight of dazed workers, with their dreams dashed and their futures thrown into uncertainty, on our newspaper pages and TV screens.
But there was an extra dimension to the devastation inflicted on the Aviva workers by their employers.
The sight of exorbitantly remunerated executives swooping in from the UK to tell a loyal workforce that half of them were surplus to requirements was chilling.
The decision was made by people who feel no responsibility to this country or their own workers. The manner in which the Aviva staff were told of the layoffs smacked of corporate high-handedness. It's a cruel reminder that when it comes to a balance sheet, there's no room for loyalty, sentiment or even humanity.