The UNITE trade union and management at Aviva agreed this week that no redundancy notices will be served to any staff in Ireland until the final outline of the proposed company restructuring is clear. There are currently five people employed in the Castlebar branch of AVIVA.
UNITE is now beginning the task of analysing each of the job losses proposed by Aviva management in the restructuring of its Irish operation.
News of the loss of a potential 950 jobs from Ireland, as well as an additional 300 to be outsourced, broke last month.
“The process of analysis, engagement, and negotiation can now commence, fully six months after the rumours began to swirl around the company.
“We have secured agreement that no notice of redundancy will be served on any staff until the final outline of the proposed company restructuring is clear,” said UNITE regional officer Brian Gallagher.
“This will give some clarity for staff who had feared the loss of their job before Christmas.
“Unite has consistently stated that its priority is to ensure that those who wish to remain with Aviva can do so and those who want to leave will be given fair and generous terms, reflecting the continued profitability of the company and stated commitment to Ireland.”
UNITE members voted more than 90 per cent in favour of taking escalating industrial action to prevent the movement of jobs ahead of agreement with the company.