Workers at Waterford Crystal are seeking a meeting with the Taoiseach Brian Cowen to ask for Government intervention to prevent the end of manufacturing at the world-renowned crystal plant.

Speaking after a specially-convened union meeting in Waterford city this evening, regional organiser Water Cullen said 760 workers now faced the prospect of unemployment.

He said union members rejected the company's plan to extend a programme of redundancy to a further 280 workers and would be seeking a meeting with the Taoiseach to discuss the matter.

The union and company will be entering negotiations on the terms of the plan from tomorrow.

The company plans that 70 employees will remain in manufacturing at the Kilbarry plant with a further 55 jobs remaining in sales.