Aviva, the owner of Norwich Union, will cut up to 1,800 jobs, over 600 of which are based in neighbouring Worthing, by 2010 as it radically restructures its insurance operations.
Norwich Union insurance operations will be shifted away from cities including Worthing and bulk of its insurance business will now operate from seven "centres of excellence" based in Norwich, Manchester, Perth, Leicester Bishopbriggs, Stretford, and Southend.
Igal Mayer, the chief executive of Norwich Union Insurance, said “ We want to deliver excellent, consistent and reliable customer service with market leading efficiency. To achieve this we will need to fundamentally simplify our business, consolidating our expertise into seven insurance centres of the future in the UK."
Earlier this year, Aviva, announced it was ditching the 200-year-old Norwich Union brand to forge a single identity to compete in international markets.
Graham Goddard, deputy secretary of trade union Unite, said Aviva was "rapidly withdrawing" commitment to local communities and was "isolating themselves in a small number of cities".
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