July 31st: Unite today welcomed the High Court decision to close off the Waterford Crystal pensions case following confirmation that the ten plaintiffs have accepted the letters of offer in regard to their pensions and lump sums as set out in Mr Kieran Mulvey’s Mediation agreement of December 2014.
This paves the way for payments to be released to the plaintiffs and letters of offer and deeds of release to be circulated to the remaining Waterford Crystal workers, marking what Unite’s Ireland Secretary Jimmy Kelly termed the “final step on a long road to justice”.
Commenting, Jimmy Kelly said:
“Lump sum and pension payments to our members can now commence in line with the terms of the settlement.
“Our struggle for pension justice has lasted six years and taken us through the High Court to the European Court of Justice and back again, and we are grateful for the support of the trade union movement in this fight.
“I would also like to extend our thanks to all who supported our members in their fight for justice. I would like to extend particular thanks to Kieran Mulvey, CEO of the Labour Relations Commission, for his assistance in achieving a settlement.
“This struggle for pension justice could never have been won by an individual acting on their own: it required the collective action which can only be taken through a trade union, and which has been demonstrated by our members overt the past six years”, Jimmy Kelly concluded.