Cullinane urges minister to meet with Waterford Crystal Union
Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has urged the finance minister, Michael Noonan to meet with representatives of the Waterford Crystal workers, who recently won a court case in the European Court of Justice. The workers had brought the government to the commercial court for failure to compensate the workers for loss of pensions.
Senator Cullinane has written to the minister for finance on behalf of eleven Oireachtas members who attended an all-party briefing, requesting an urgent meeting between the minister and members of the Unite Union.
Speaking today from Leinster House, the Waterford senator has stated that it is not acceptable for the minister to seek to delay compensation any further.
“This initiative follows on from a successful briefing which I hosted in Leinster House for Oireachtas members, at which it was agreed by a cross party group of TDs and senators, to exert pressure on the minister to meet with the Waterford Crystal workers’ representatives as soon as possible.
"I believe that compensation is a matter of urgency, and needs to be dealt speedily. These workers have already suffered unnecessarily and considerable hardship. It is time that their long wait for justice is ended. The government needs to meet with Unite, which represents these workers, to discuss the manner of compensation.
"It cannot be kicked to touch as an issue, nor should the government have to wait on the high court decision on the matter. This issue can be and must be dealt on its merits. It is clear that the ECJ took the view that the workers needed to be compensated, and the High Court cannot overturn that.
"It is a scandal that the workers have been so shabbily treated and had to drag the government to court to get what they are simply entitled to. It is time that this government brought this sorry episode to a close.
"If the workers are fairly compensated these pensions it will represent a boost not only to the workers and their families but also to the wider local economy."
Note to Editor
The following are the TDs and senators who signed the letter to the minister.
Senator David Cullinane
Joan Collins TD
Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú
Roisín Shortall TD
Michael Colreavy TD
Patrick Nulty TD
Clare Daly TD
Ciara Conway TD
Brian Stanley TD
Seamus Healy TD
Ann Phelan TD
Peadar Toibín TD
John Halligan TD