Waterford Crystal workers occupy plant
Workers at the famous Waterford Crystal are still occupying the works as unions and company receivers work to negotiate job losses and keep the plant open by striking a deal with any company prepared to take on the concern.
A crisis meeting on the future of Waterford Crystal takes place in Dublin today as 100 angry workers continue to occupy the plant.
The firm's receiver David Carson said that 480 of the 670 employees at the famous crystal maker in Kilbarry outside Waterford city have been made redundant.
The Unite union, which represents the workers, will today meet Mr Carson along with local TD and Government Minister Martin Cullen and the secretary general of the Department of the Taoiseach, Dermot McCarthy.
Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) general secretary David Begg will also be present at the meeting, which will discuss bids for Waterford Crystal from potential investors.
Receiver Mr Carson has been negotiating with two US-based groups in recent weeks in a bid to save parts of the business.