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Government must protect Aviva jobs – Tóibín

21 September, 2011

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Peadar Tóibín TD, has today challenged An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, to “stand up and defend Irish jobs at Aviva”.

Speaking this morning, Deputy Tóibín said:

“Under the guidance of An Taoiseach Enda Kenny this economy is haemorrhaging jobs on a daily basis. The latest crisis at Aviva comes hot on the heels of the Talk Talk disaster.

“Minister Richard Bruton has once again side stepped the issue claiming it is only a rumour of a problem. This response is wholly irresponsible. We need immediate action from the highest level of this government. I am calling on the Taoiseach to meet the workers of Aviva and to assure them of his total support in defending their jobs.

“Protecting these jobs must be a priority for this government. Anything less is unacceptable.

“These job losses are a direct consequence of the government’s policy of shrinking the economy with cuts. We need to re-inflate the economy with investment.

“Platitudes from the government are simply not good enough. We need them to get directly involved in resolving the issues at Aviva. I have contacted UNITE and I intend to meet with representatives of the employees this afternoon to discuss how best we can work together to save these jobs.” ENDS

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