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UNION TO BALLOT GALWAY AVIVA STAFF ON INDUSTRIAL ACTION

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Date Published: 20-Oct-2011

Unite trade Union is to ballot Aviva staff in Galway on industrial action.

Representatives from the union are meeting with the 200 staff at the Knocknacarra call centre at 5 0 ‘ clock this evening.

The decision to ballot was taken at an Aviva staff meeting in Dublin last night.

It followed yesterday’s announcement that the Insurance company was to make 950 people redundant across its Irish operations.

The company employs over 2000 staff in Galway, Dublin and Cork.

No jobs will be lost before March 2012 and the full implementation of the redundancy programme could take up to two years.

AVIVA has confirmed that it hopes to achieve as many of the potential redundancies through voluntary means.

Brian Gallagher of the Unite Trade Union told Galway Bay FM that Aviva staff have decided to go on strike – if management aren’t willing to engage in talks on ways to save as many jobs as possible.

 

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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.

It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.

Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores

This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.

However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.

 

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Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.

That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.

The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.

 

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Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.

Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.

He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.

Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.

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