Government’s shameful treatment of former Waterford Crystal workers continues – Cullinane
Sinn Féin Workers Rights spokesperson David Cullinane has expressed dismay at the latest twist in the Waterford Crystal saga. Speaking in response to the news that the government has yet again delayed the pension settlement for former workers at the plant, Senator Cullinane said:
“Over the past number of years the government have made the former Crystal workers jump through countless hoops and over all kind of obstacles.
“When the government finally agreed a pension settlement on foot of a European Court judgement, the workers assumed the matter had been resolved.
“It is now four months since the workers voted to accept the terms of the pension settlement, and High Court proceedings have still to be wound up.
“This is due to the state's failure to circulate a Deed of Release which is required to satisfy the Court that the settlement terms are confirmed so the case can be disposed of.
“This is a shameful situation and it is not acceptable. The Waterford Crystal workers have waited long enough for what is rightfully theirs.
“Over the past few days the government took great umbrage to the Sinn Féin motion calling for the immediate introduction of legislation to protect Workers Rights.
“If they have any sense of decency left they need to circulate the Deed before the 14 May when the matter is again before the High Court.
“The government and especially the Labour Party should hang their heads in shame at way they have treated the Waterford Crystal workers.”