Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Dara Calleary has said he is concerned to learn that the IDA is actively working with companies involved in securing contracts for the outsourcing of jobs at AIB.

Deputy Calleary was commenting amid concern about jobs at the bank despite vague reassurances that no compulsory redundancies will be sought.

Deputy Calleary said: “The government seems to be hiding behind its Relationship Framework when it comes to AIB’s plans to outsource a number of jobs in IT services.  If AIB is not to planning to yield any compulsory payroll savings from this move why is it necessary to press ahead with it at this time?  The Minister for Finance, in reply to a Parliamentary Question to me, said his officials “do take an active interest in how the bank’s cost base evolves to ensure that the State’s interests as shareholder are protected”.  Again this raises the question about the motives behind the decision to outsource these IT roles at AIB.

“Outsourcing does not always lead to a better service being provided to customers and any IT glitches that could occur into the future would have a major impact on day-to-day banking.  We have seen this in the past with other financial institutions and AIB should be very wary of going down this route.

“I am concerned by Minister’s Noonan’s comment that he was informed by AIB that “the companies involved in the proposed outsourcing are establishing Delivery Centres in Ireland, in consultation with the IDA.”  I fully support the role of the IDA in driving inward investment and job creation in the country but job displacement should be something we need to be aware of if the agency in seeking out investors that in turn are impacting on solid jobs already established in the economy and I will be raising this matter again with the Minister for Jobs.”