September 16th: Trade union Unite today welcomed the news that the Department of Social Protection has lodged payments to the bank accounts of 1,251 former Waterford Crystal workers totalling €34 million. The payments follow the pensions settlement negotiated by Unite on behalf of its members.
Commenting, the union’s Ireland Secretary Jimmy Kelly said:
“The payments made to our members today mark the final step in a long battle for pension justice – a battle which could never have been won by an individual acting alone. Only by acting collectively through a trade union has it been possible for former Waterford Crystal workers to vindicate their rights. In that regard I would like to thank all our members for their support during this long process.
“All remaining claims will be processed in the coming weeks.
“Today’s news that payments totalling €34 million have been made to 1,251 former Waterford Crystal workers is not only good news for the workers and families concerned – it will also provide a welcome boost to the economy of Waterford and the South-East”, Jimmy Kelly added.