Waterford Wedgwood, Tánaiste in talks

Monday 12 January 2009 20.33
Waterford Crystal - Concern over staff pensions
Waterford Crystal - Concern over staff pensions

Representatives of ICTU and the union UNITE have concluded an hour-long meeting with the Tánaiste to discuss pension difficulties facing workers at Waterford Crystal.

Jimmy Kelly of UNITE says he is confident the Government understands the importance of the issue.

He confirmed that the union had made a number of proposals covering pensions.

It proposed that pension annuity measures are introduced to create a fund to protect pensions.

Tánaiste Mary Coughlan told the delegation she would discuss the issue with Taoiseach Brian Cowen and the Department of Finance.

UNITE says the Irish Government is out of line with other European governments on the issue of pension protection.

A further meeting on the issue between ICTU and the Government is to take place next Wednesday.

Meanwhile, UNITE said its representatives would meet potential investors who could save the china and crystal maker in Waterford on Thursday.

Spokesman Jimmy Kelly said the workers were also concerned at the news from the UK today, where administrators of Waterford Wedgwood confirmed that 367 jobs had been lost in Staffordshire.