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LOCAL POLITICIANS COMMENT ON AVIVA JOBS THREAT

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Commenting on reports that the proposed Aviva takeover of Friends Life could result in the loss of 1500 jobs by 2017, Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire, said:

“Aviva is a hugely important employer in my constituency and this news will be very unsettling for Aviva’s employees.

“I note that Aviva have said that it is too early for them to identify specific teams, roles or locations for the job cuts but I will be pressing them for details and assurances that there will be absolutely no compulsory redundancies in Perth.”

Mr Pete Wishart MP, Member of Parliament for Perth & North Perthshire, added:

“I want to hear as soon as possible from Aviva how these plans will impact on Perth. It is really important that employees are not kept in the dark about their future and that any reduction in job numbers can be managed through means other than redundancy.”

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