Minister Bruton must pull out all the stops to save jobs in Waterford – Cullinane
Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has challenged the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton to pull out all the stops and do everything humanly possible to save jobs and minimise pay cuts at Bausch and Lomb.
Senator Cullinane was speaking to a Seanad motion he tabled urging Government action.
Speaking in the Seanad Senator Cullinane said:
“The announcement last week by Bausch and Lomb that they are seeking 200 redundancies and unsustainable pay cuts for all remaining staff has caused shock and anger. Every effort must be made by all stakeholders to minimise job losses and pay cuts.
“The Government cannot play a passive role. They must be active players and engage positively and constructively. They must use every resource available to them to help reduce job losses and pay cuts at the plant.
“Today I met with the Vice President of SIPTU Patricia King. I briefed her on meetings I held with the Vice President of the company Angelo Conti. SIPTU is involved in intense negotiations aimed at getting the best deal possible. I wish them well.
“It is hugely important that no stone is left unturned by the Department, the Minister and the enterprise agencies.
“Minister Bruton also needs to deliver high level interventions to create and sustain jobs in Waterford.”