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Tóibín meets with Unite to discuss Aviva jobs

21 September, 2011

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Peadar Tóibín TD, met with Unite this afternoon to discuss the threat to 700 jobs in Aviva.

Speaking after the meeting in Leinster House, Deputy Tóibín said, “The redundancies at Aviva are in no way a done deal. A review of the operation here in Ireland commenced in February and is currently being studied by the company. Any cost cutting measures must be done in consultation with the management, the union and must involve Minister Richard Bruton.

“There is most definitely a role for the government in ensuring that the jobs are saved. Minister Bruton can not simply wash his hands and hope all will be ok. The economy simply cannot afford to lose another 700 jobs.

“Immediate government action can be taken to reduce costs. Aviva is locked into an upwardly only rent lease. This is a shackle around the neck of many businesses and needs to be addressed by the government as a matter of urgency."

“If you do the maths, 700 more people in receipt of Social Welfare will cost €14,000,000 to the tax payer a year and €26,600,000 lost in wages plus the 12.5% lost in PRSI. We simply can not afford to lose these jobs.

“I will continue to work with Unite to save these jobs and raise the issue with Minister Bruton and with An Taoiseach at every opportunity.” ENDS

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