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Up to 100 former Waterford Crystal workers left in limbo as Government Departments differ – Cullinane

13 March, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin TD and Workers’ Rights spokesperson David Cullinane has called on the Minister for Finance to fast-track payment of pensions of up to 100 former Waterford Crystal workers who have still not received their pension entitlements. 

The Waterford TD said the delay seems to revolve around workers who were deemed to be on contracts of service as opposed to full time contracts of employment and they are now left in limbo as Government Departments differ. 

Deputy Cullinane is in constant contact with the Department of Finance and is seeking a meeting with senior staff within the Department this week. 

Speaking today, Deputy Cullinane said:

“It is unacceptable that up to 100 former Waterford Crystal workers are still left without their pensions. It would seem that the Department of Finance are awaiting legal clarification from the Department of Social Protection as to the status of former employees employed on contracts of service. 

“My understanding is that Kieran Mulvey has positively adjudicated on this matter. Up to 100 former crystal workers are left in limbo as Government Departments differ. I am calling on both Ministers and both Departments to urgently clarify their positions and help ensure speedy payment to those who qualify. This and many other issues are working examples of why the Oireachtas needs to sit and Ministers make themselves accountable.” 

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