Aviva insurance company has announced up to 950 job losses at its Irish and European offices. The company currently operates an office at James’s Street, Kilkenny.
The redundancies are due to be implemented in 2012, it is understood that the full losses will come into effect over a two-year period.
The Kilkenny staff are among over 2,000 employed by the company in Ireland. The company has said that Aviva Ireland is being combined with its UK division. The company will also see job losses in its Aviva Europe division.
A spokesman for the UNITE trade union, said there were an average of six staff in each local office.
“The axe has fallen harder and sharper than the worst fears of staff,” said UNITE regional officer Brian Gallagher at Aviva after meeting with Dublin staff representatives. “They are stunned and scared by what they have been told.”
“UNITE will enter a period of consultation which management has undertaken to be ‘as long as is needed,’ and we will be looking for justification of every job that is being cut or transferred,” he said.