By Daniel Hunter

Aviva have announced plans to cut up to 800 jobs in the UK as part of a £400 million cost-cutting programme.

The insurance group have said that redeployments and voluntary redundancies meant the actual number of people losing their job would be fewer than this number.

However, despite this, Unite the union has labelled the cuts as "totally unacceptable".

Aviva have said that they are doing all they can in what is a difficult time for employees affected.

"We've previously outlined plans to simplify our business and make it more efficient and agile," an Aviva spokesperson said.

"The vast majority of our employees will be placed into roles with little change. Up to 800 roles could be at risk, although in practice it will be fewer than that. There will also be some new roles in growth areas.

"We recognise this is a difficult time for employees and will do everything we can to support them as we continue with our consultation process."

David Fleming of Unite said: "Our members face being asked to pay the price of boardroom failure and Unite is dismayed that what started out as a shareholders' revolt on executive pay will result in a jobs cull.

"This is totally unacceptable."

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