Job losses for Waterford as Ireland's first record pressing plant at Ferrybank is set to close.
Records such as Glen Campbell's number one single 'Rhinestone Cowboy’ are manufactured and tested for the Irish market at the Waterford Gramophone Company. The pressing plant was established at Ferrybank in the 1930s and it remains,
A thriving, viable concern.
But the parent company EMI (Ireland) Limited plans to consolidate operations and is proposing closure of the Waterford Gramophone record pressing plant with the business transferring to a new factory in Dublin.
A spokesman for the Waterford workers Peter Molony says the proposed closure is
An absolute disgrace.
The Waterford factory is no longer fit for purpose and requires refurbishing. Rather than closing production at Waterford, employees were lead to believe operations would expand in the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) estate in Waterford.
Rather than investing in the Waterford plant EMI managing director Guy Robinson explains the production equipment will be transferred to a new factory at the Glasnevin Industrial Estate in Dublin and distribution centralised from there.
This will enable us to give a better service generally.
As regards to the thirteen Waterford employees who are to lose their jobs, they are casualties of EMI’s need to cut costs to remain competitive. Some of the workers have been offered jobs in the Dublin factory but they are refusing to leave Waterford.
Waterford Corporation is a calling for the Minister for Industry and Commerce Justin Keating to hold a public enquiry into the proposed closure of the factory. Alderman Patrick Gallagher sees the decision to close the Waterford operation as a clear case of profits being put before all other considerations.
The Waterford workers are prepared to fight and make one final appeal for help. Alderman Joe Cummins believes if the Waterford factory is closed, all EMI, products should be banned by trade union workers in Waterford city and the protest extended throughout the country.
A ‘Newsround’ report broadcast on 9 November 1975.