Rona Mackay MSP has written to Aviva PLC Chief Executive Officer Maurice Tulloch seeking a meeting with the company regarding the decision to close the contact centre in Bishopbriggs.
In her letter, the SNP MSP was “deeply shocked and concerned” at the move to close the site, branding it “unthinkable” to have uncertainty over jobs and security during the current COVID pandemic.
The Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP went further, calling for clarity on whether redundancies have been considered as part of the amalgamation and stressing the huge benefit of the site to the local economy of East Dunbartonshire.
The company are set to begin the phased transition from June 2021, moving to a new site in the Maxim Business Park, Eurocentral. Commenting, Rona Mackay said:
“I am shocked with the news that Aviva have decided to close their Bishopbriggs centre, plunging many of my constituents into uncertainty and concern of their future employment within the company. “It is unthinkable that, in the current climate, an important employer within my constituency is considering this office closure. I have written to the Chief Executive Maurice Tulloch to express my concerns and to seek further clarity on behalf of the workers. “It’s incredibly important to know what redundancies, if any, could arise as a result of this amalgamation and what further information Aviva have given to my constituents. “During the pandemic, in partnership with Amy Callaghan MP, I was glad to work constructively with Aviva to ensure their workers could safely work from home. It is that same cooperation we need to see now, putting my constituents first and foremost, to ensure there is no detrimental impact as a result of this closure. I would urge Aviva into an immediate rethink and am seeking an urgent meeting to relay these concerns.