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Unite reaction to Aviva decision to close Southend site

Unite reaction to Aviva decision to close Southend site with 120 job cuts

12 July 2017

Unite, the union representing staff in Aviva, has expressed deep disappointment over the Aviva decision to close its Southend site and to also reduce the number of claims adjuster roles, resulting in some 120 job cuts.

The news that 86 employees now face losing their jobs in Southend and another 34 mobile claims adjuster staff will also be cut is completely unjust.

Unite national officer Dominic Hook said: “The Aviva announcement of the closure of the Southend site is simply unacceptable. The result of this decision will be devastating for loyal finance sector staff in Southend and in the wider mobile claims adjuster workforce.

“Aviva must reconsider this step. This choice not to renew the building lease will result in the loss of 86 skilled and experienced staff from Southend along with 34 claims adjuster roles being lost in the summer of 2018.

“Unite is actively involved in the consultation process and will continue to insist that all and any relocation and redeployment opportunities within Aviva and the wider finance sector are fully explored. Unite will oppose any compulsory redundancies brought as a result of this exercise and the closure of this important site.”

Unite workplace representatives will be in Southend today to support impacted staff.

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For further information contact Saba Edwards, Unite senior communications officer: 07768 693 953.

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.