A MEMO which will bring to a conclusion the pension battle of around 100 former Waterford Crystal contract workers was approved by Cabinet today.
Minister for Training, Skills and Innovation John Halligan TD confirmed that the deal, which is the culmination of a long-fought battle, follows the mediation of a resolution by Kieran Mulvey of the LRC.
“These workers have had to endure appalling delays while their pension claim was resolved – delays which have caused significant hardship to almost 100 families in Waterford”, Minister Halligan said. “I am delighted that resolution has finally been reached on the payments, which are being recommended on an ‘ex-gratia’ basis and have been secured tax free and in addition to the settlement offers already made. Great credit must go to Jimmy Kelly of UNITE for his determination in seeing this case out.
“Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar, who I have worked closely with on this issue, assures me that arrangements will now be made to make the payments to the workers without delay,” he said.