Fianna Fáil Limerick TD Willie O’Dea has called on the Government to ensure that AIB better liaise with staff in future over all plans for the future of the bank. Deputy O’Dea made his remarks after the staff learnt from morning media reports that 2,000 jobs are to be cut during 2011 and 2012.
“I think this is a very unhelpful and disturbing way for AIB to be conducting their business,” said Deputy O’Dea. “It must have been horrible for the staff at AIB to be on their way to work this morning, only to hear the bank is planning to scrap 2,000 positions. It would have been far more appropriate for the bank to have broken the news to their staff first, before informing the wider public about their plans.”
“Given that AIB is now mostly under State ownership I am calling on the Government to ensure that in future AIB will be more sensitive towards their staff. No one likes to hear this kind of news which could have obvious implications for the future of their careers and for their families from third parties. They deserve to be fully briefed on how the bank sees these redundancies being handled.”
“It’s hard enough having to deal with this kind of news without knowing how this will impact on your position or your working conditions. This is the kind of information that should be conveyed to staff by senior management.”
“I also hope that the Government will demand more clarity from AIB on how these redundancies will be handled. While the bank has said that the job cuts will be spread across the organisation and the vast majority of lay-offs will be voluntary, there are still a lot of questions. The staff deserve answers and detailed information about this move and I hope the Government will be doing all they can to ensure this is put in place,” Deputy O’Dea concluded.