Unite, the recognised trade union in Allianz and LV, has expressed anger at numerous failures by LV in its blind determination to cut 350 staff.

The union has called on Allianz (which now owns LV) management to halt the chaotic process currently underway which could result in nearly 350 unnecessary job losses from LV in Birmingham. As a result of numerous failings by LV, Unite will today launch a consultative ballot of its membership ahead of this dispute escalating.

Ian Methven, Unite regional officer said: “Allianz must now step in and get its house in order before LV go too far in this chaotic and damaging job loss consultation. Unite has been left with no choice but to ballot its Birmingham workforce following the complete failure by LV to conduct meaningful discussion with the recognised trade union.

“Despite all the evidence amid a global health pandemic LV has claimed that homeworking is not in the culture of LV and consequently 350 experienced and skilled employees face losing their livelihoods.

“Allianz must stop this shambolic consultation and hold LV to account. There is no justification for preventing these hardworking staff continuing to do their jobs and serve customers.

“Not only have LV failed to give the union accurate job loss numbers, they have been unable to show justification for job losses or any cost savings.

“Staff across Allianz have understandably come to expect higher standards of employee relations from their employers. Allianz management cannot continue to stand aside while LV destroy employee confidence any further.”

LV became part of the Allianz Group in 2019. Legal & General TUPE their General Insurance business in Birmingham to LV in Jan 2020.

Unite has today started a two-week consultative ballot with its members across Birmingham.  

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