Aviva proposes Bristol operation closure

More than 300 jobs could go at Aviva in Bristol after the firm announced it wanted to move life insurance and pension administration to Yorkshire.

The firm's Bristol operation administers products for RBS, but Aviva said it was consulting on closing it in 2012 with the loss of 380 jobs.

Aviva wants to move the operation to York, Sheffield, and also Norwich.

The union Unite said: "The loyal and skilled workforce do not deserve to see their site closed."

It added: "Unite members in Bristol will be stunned by the announcement which leaves them facing a very uncertain future, at a time when Aviva is making robust profits."

In a statement, Aviva said it would be retaining about 60 specialist underwriting and claims assessment roles in Bristol.

"Additionally we have around 80 employees who work for other parts of the Aviva business who are unaffected by this decision," it said.

The firm added that it wanted to "give employees as much support as possible throughout this difficult period".

The statement said Aviva would "do everything" to redeploy those affected.

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