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Redundancy fears at Aviva grow

Insurance giant Aviva is under increasing pressure to make an announcement amid fears a business review is earmarking 500 redundancies at its Irish operations.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny suggested company bosses should make their intentions clear after management refused to deny reports of massive cuts.

"I really am concerned here about the uncertainty that has been caused by the announcements that have been commented on in the media generally," the Taoiseach said.

"This is causing great anxiety and concern for those who work in Aviva."

Mr Kenny said the Department of Jobs and Innovation and the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) had been in direct contact with Aviva.

"But obviously the company themselves haven't made their decision clear yet arising from the review of restructuring that they are currently conducting."

The Unite trade union, which represents 1,300 of the 2,000 strong workforce in Dublin, Cork and Galway, said they hoped to hear a definitive announcement from the company in the next 48 hours.

Brian Gallagher, Unite regional officer, said staff were punch drunk with rumours about their jobs.

"Morale is on the floor. Our members are trying their best to lift the business in difficult circumstances and this lack of communication from management is very poor," Mr Gallagher said after meeting Aviva's human resources chief.

"We asked for a denial of the rumour that began spreading last night but that has not been forthcoming."

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