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Unite accuses Aviva of betraying UK workforce

Unite accuses Aviva of betraying UK workforce

13 May 2013

Unite, Britain's biggest union, has accused Aviva of betraying its UK workforce by offshoring 600 back office processing jobs to India.

2,000 job cuts were announced on 18 April this year, but the company has only confirmed today (13 May) that 600 of the UK jobs to be lost are being exported to India rather than being cut altogether.

Unite national officer Dominic Hook said: "Aviva is betraying its UK workforce by exporting 600 jobs overseas. This is an appalling way to treat the loyal workforce who are the backbone of the company.

"Unite is calling on Aviva to reverse this decision and to keep the jobs in the UK. Aviva has a responsibility to the communities it profits from. It's bad enough exporting jobs overseas when the UK economy is strong, but when Britain's economy is suffering it's outrageous that the insurer isn't supporting employment in the UK."

The 600 job cuts will be spread across Norwich, York and Sheffield with the roles being offshored to Pune in India.

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Contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.