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Government must urgently address pensions of former Waterford Crystal Pensions

1 May, 2013 - by David Cullinane TD

Speaking at a special briefing in Leinster House today on the pensions of former Waterford Crystal workers, Senator David Cullinane called on the government to urgently address the ruling of the European Court of Justice and fairly compensate the former workers.

Senator Cullinane hosted a briefing for all Oireachtas members which was addressed by Jimmy Kelly and Walter Cullen of Unite, former employees Tom Hogan and Michael Dooley, the workers lawyer Mona Costelloe of Wallance & Bryne and John O Connell of Trident Consulting and an professional in the area of pensions.

Senator Cullinane said:

“I commend the former Waterford Crystal workers for taking the court case and I congratulate them on their significant victory. It is regrettable that the former and current governments are fighting them through the courts.

“The European Court of Justice has found that the state has failed in its obligations in not delivering on Article 8 of the 2008 Insolvency Directive. This required member states to put in place measures to protect workers in instances of a double insolvency.

“The ECJ Judgement was clear and emphatic. It found in favour of the workers on all counts. The responsibility now rests with the government to act. I sincerely hope that the government does not drag its heels and engage in a long drawn out legal process.

“They must immediately engage with the UNITE union and enter meaningful negotiations on how they will properly compensate the former Waterford Crystal workers. They must also spell out what legislative measures they will put in place to ensure compliance with the 2008 EU Insolvency Directive.”


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