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Government must provide resources to Aviva staff & union to save jobs

19 October, 2011

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Peadar Tóibín TD, speaking during the Dáil debate on Aviva redundancies this afternoon, demanded, that the government provide personnel and resources to Aviva staff and their union, Unite, to thoroughly scrutinise the company’s business pan with a view to saving as many jobs as possible.

Deputy Toibín said, “This has been a slow motion catastrophe, 950 staff lost their jobs and 300 will have their jobs outsourced. These job loses will mean a loss of €36 million in wages to the economy and potentially €19 million in increased in the social welfare bill. The staff have been in limbo for weeks now and still many do not know their fate.

“Aviva is one of the largest insurers in the state, it’s profitable both internationally and in Ireland. The government's Pontius Pilot approach is unacceptable in this situation. The government must now take up the fight to save as many jobs as possible. The government must make officials from the Department of Finance available to Aviva and Unite, the representing union, to allow for a full analysis of the business plan and save as many jobs as possible.

“Immediate savings can be made. From the top heavy management structure within the business, to the complete burden of the Aviva Stadium being placed on the Irish operation, debts from the European operation, to the upward only rent being paid on Aviva’s trophy office block which was entered into at the height of the boom to the reform of the rates charges to all business, to reform of the energy sector which could lessen the burden and save jobs.” ENDS

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