Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson Dara Calleary has asked the Government if it will stand over any mandatory redundancies at AIB. The news of 2,500 job cuts comes a day after the Government boasted about its success in shrinking the size of the covered banks.
Deputy Calleary questioned the Tánaiste Éamon Gilmore in the Dáil this morning after AIB confirmed plans to cut 2,500 jobs. He asked for clarification from the Tánaiste of when the Government was informed about these large-scale job losses, if any attempt was made to reduce the level of redundancies and if there is any plan to find alternative employment for these bank officials.
Deputy Calleary commented, “AIB has admitted that while it is seeking voluntary redundancies in the first instance, it is likely that management will have to enforce job cuts. As the bank is owned by the State, I am asking the Government if it will stand over mandatory job cuts.
“While in the Dáil, the Tánaiste spoke in solemn tones about the plight of these workers, however just yesterday he and Enda Kenny were boasting about how they were ahead of schedule in their efforts to shrink the size of covered banks. Today we learn the human cost of these boasts with confirmation of 2,500 job cuts at AIB.
“What the Tánaiste couldn’t give any clarity on was whether there was any attempt to reduce the number of redundancies. Is there any plan at all to seek redeployment of these bankers? Or are they destined to join the 440,000 others who are unemployed?
“Over recent days, with their back slapping at Government Buildings and the ill-fated Fine Gael Party in the Park this morning, it has been clear that this Government’s real priority is self congratulation and good PR. I would call on the Tánaiste and his Government to put the PR to one side and outline what plans are in place to help the thousands of AIB workers who are set to lose their jobs.”