Job cuts feared at Aviva

Insurance firm Aviva has announced it's to shed 2000 jobs worldwide, sparking fears of losses in Yorkshire.

The company employs around 3000 people in York and also has a base in Sheffield. Staff were affected by job cuts four years ago. The move is part of a bid to save £400 million.

Britain's biggest union, Unite, has expressed anger over the company's decision to drastically cut redundancy pay in the UK while announcing the job cuts.

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 will give staff all the support possible to oppose any job losses in the UK and the cuts to redundancy terms."

– Dominic Hook, Unite national officer