Insurance giant Aviva today announced that it is to cut around 2,000 jobs worldwide. Malcolm Robertson reports.
Union chiefs have reacted angrily to the news that insurance giant Aviva is to axe 2,000 jobs.
In a statement from Unite, Britain's biggest union, said it fears for Uk jobs.
Once again finance staff are being forced to pay the price for boardroom failure. Aviva has also announced plans to slash redundancy pay, with longer serving staff losing more than a quarter of their entitlement. To cut redundancy pay so drastically when there is deep uncertainty over job security is a callous and disgraceful act.
– Unite national officer, Dominic Hook
Since the departure of CEO Andrew Moss less than 12 months ago, the UK workforce, which is the backbone of the company, has suffered job cuts, pay freezes and now faces an attack on their redundancy terms, when the company is planning more cuts.
The Union has pledged to oppose any job losses in the UK and the cuts to redundancy terms.
Aviva has told staff it has reviewed employment policies.
"Aviva has decided to introduce a revised redundancy policy for all employees on UK contracts. This will bring Aviva’s redundancy terms in line with market practice in the UK which will remain significantly above the statutory provisions.
"Importantly, the changes to redundancy terms will be implemented in two phases so that those impacted in the next six months will still receive the current four weeks’ redundancy pay for each year of service.
This is intended to minimise the impact on employees and follows consultations with Aviva employee forums and Unite.
Mark Wilson the Chief Executive issued this statement:
– Mark Wilson
I know this is difficult news for our employees but these changes are essential if we are to remain competitive.
Aviva needs to become a more efficient and agile organisation to unlock its potential. We must take tough decisions on costs to provide our customers with great value products and ensure our future success. I am determined that Aviva gets through this phase of our business transformation as quickly as possible.
Norfolk-based insurance giant Aviva has informed its staff that 2,000 jobs will go over the next six months. The Job losses are around six per cent of the of the workforce.
In a statement the company said:
As part of Aviva’s commitment to employees and unions to inform them as soon as it can about decisions that impact our people, it is communicating the estimated overall scale of changes today. Aviva is consulting with employee representative bodies and will provide further information to its people on role reductions as soon as the detail is available.
– Aviva statement
These job reductions are part of a programme to reduce expenses across the whole business, including substantial non people related savings. At Aviva’s full year results published in March 2013, it announced it has already realised £275 million annualised cost savings as part of its target to reduce costs by in excess of £400 million.
In November the company appointed Mark Wilson as its new boss. He had pledged to continue with a company revival plan.
Last October the company unveiled plans to cut 800 jobs from the workforce.
Aviva has announced plans to cut 2,000 jobs worldwide.
The company said the job losses are necessary in order to achieve £400m in savings. Previous cost cutting has netted £275m in savings.
Norfolk-based insurance giant Aviva has today announced plans to axe 2,000 jobs.
The company, which has bases in Norwich, Southend, Sheffield, York and Scotland, said the jobs would go across the UK, Europe and Asia.