Insurance giant announces 1,200 jobs are to go across UK, Ireland and mainland Europe


Unite has said it will fight the 1,200 job losses announced by Aviva.

The insurance company has confirmed it is cutting 220 jobs in its Life Sales department based in sites around the UK, with a further 980 jobs affecting staff in Ireland and Europe.

Unite regional officer Daryl Williams said: “This is a grim day for jobs across Aviva. In the UK we are starting to see job cuts in response the Retail Distribution Review changes which come into force in 2012.

“News that Aviva is planning to shed over 1,200 jobs is devastating news for our members and the Aviva workforce, who are continuing to live under constant uncertainty about their future.

“While the company is continuing to deliver positive results, it is unacceptable that the very workers delivering these results are being axed.

“Over the coming days and weeks, Unite will be holding meetings with management to discuss the impact of these proposals. The union will oppose any compulsory redundancies and will press the company to offer redeployment and re-training opportunities to staff in order to minimise the impact of this announcement.”

In the UK, Aviva is cutting the Life Sales department by over a half, which will see 220 jobs go from a team of 400. These members have been left devastated by the announcement that the insurance giant is entering a 90-day consultation about the reduction of its sales force. Around 100 sales support staff will transfer to other jobs, but a further 120 of the dedicated sales staff face a very uncertain future.

Aviva is closing Life Sales departments based in Southampton, Norwich, Leicester and Manchester.

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