Feeds

Norwich Union probes IT staff lay-offs

Was procedure followed?

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Norwich Union is investigating allegations that company policy on the handling of redundancies was not followed when IT staff in Bristol were given their marching orders.

The company, part of the Aviva Group, embarked on a significant program of restructuring following Aviva's acquisition of the RAC motoring group earlier this year. In total, 1,700 jobs are likely to go at the RAC and Norwich Union, with 15 of these being IT support staff at the Bristol and Feltham sites.

Redundancies are never happy news, but word reached El Reg that things were not handled terribly delicately in Bristol. According to our source, IT staff were called into a meeting to discuss how the restructuring would affect them, only to discover that it affected some of them rather more directly that they anticipated.

During the meeting, the new team structures were displayed in a power point presentation, and staff whose names did not appear on the list, our source tells us, were told that they were the unlucky ones who no longer had jobs:

"Imagine the pure joy that raced through people's hearts as the manager read out lists in front of everyone," our secret squirrel says. "Imagine the amount of people who were genuinely upset at no longer having a job and finding out in this way."

A spokesman for the insurer told us that company policy on handling lay-offs is very strict, and that the scenario above should never have happened.

"Employees should be notified in private by their line managers ahead of any public announcement. It is our policy to manage these things as considerately and professionally as possible," he said.

However, he conceded that it is possible that procedure was not followed correctly, and confirmed that the company's HR team was investigating.

"We take this allegation very seriously," the spokesman concluded.

The news comes a little more than a week after Amicus, the union representing the redundant employees, accused Norwich Union of failing to consult over the job losses - some 345 - caused by the closure of two of its call centres.

On this question, Norwich Union says the consultation period began when it informed its employees that it would be closing the centres, but conceded that the redundancies would largely be compulsory.®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it
Go ahead, you're all clear, kid... Sorry, wrong film
Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix
Everyone else in Europe compensates us - why can't you?
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!
Now my lawyers have bailed 'cos I'm 'OFFICIALLY' BROKE
Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then
It CANNA do it, captain.They DON'T have the POWER!
Forget Hillary, HP's ex CARLY FIORINA 'wants to be next US Prez'
Former CEO has political ambitions again, according to Washington DC sources
prev story

Whitepapers

Go beyond APM with real-time IT operations analytics
How IT operations teams can harness the wealth of wire data already flowing through their environment for real-time operational intelligence.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Seattle children’s accelerates Citrix login times by 500% with cross-tier insight
Seattle Children’s is a leading research hospital with a large and growing Citrix XenDesktop deployment. See how they used ExtraHop to accelerate launch times.