Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Waterford Crystal workers dig heels in

Calls were last night made for Waterford Crystal to be nationalised as workers continued their sit-in protest at the plant.

Meetings took place yesterday involving the Irish government, unions, the receiver and prospective buyers of the firm.

But workers were given no guarantees about their future.

The employees’ protest at the Waterford factory is now in its fifth day following last Friday’s announcement by the receiver that manufacturing was to stop and 480 people were being made redundant.

Arts, Sport and Tourism Minister and local TD Martin Cullen last night said the situation had improved since Friday.

But he was unable to reveal details of a possible buyout by American investment group Clarion Capital and faced angry exchanges with workers taking part in the sit-in.

There are reports that Clarion Capital, whose consortium includes former CEO of Waterford Crystal John Foley, is willing to guarantee crystal production in the city for at least 10 years.

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