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Government must come out fighting for Aviva workers – Tóibín

19 October, 2011

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Peadar Tóibín TD, has today called on the government to come out fighting for Aviva workers and ensure all expertise and resources are made available to the Unite trade union and the staff at Aviva.

Deputy Tóibín said that he will be raising the issue directly with Minister Bruton this afternoon in the Dáil.

Deputy Tóibín said:

“This morning I met with representatives of the Unite trade union and we agree that it is vital that this government become proactive in defending the 1,000 jobs that are under threat in Aviva.

“The government's approach so far is unacceptable. They have sleep walked through the crisis and now this morning 2,000 staff at Aviva go to work knowing that only half will have jobs this afternoon.

“The government's Pontius Pilot approach has failed these workers. I am now calling on the government, in particular Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Richard Bruton, to come out fighting for these jobs. It is essential that he makes all the resources and expertise at his disposal available to Unite as they analyse the company's business plan.

“Aviva Ireland is profitable, Aviva Europe is profitable. The company contributes €4 million a year to the FAI for Aviva Stadium. During restructuring Aviva Ireland took on the debt of the Aviva Europe. It is obvious that these jobs can be and must be saved. Aviva is the biggest insurance company in the Irish market.

“At a time when Aviva was shipping jobs to Bangalore they were recruiting senior management in growing numbers, but today we see it is the lowest paid workers paying the price for the company's mismanagement. It is time for this government to decide which side they are on.”

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