Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary has described the decision of the majority of workers at Bausch & Lomb in Waterford to support a package of pay cuts and redundancy as extremely difficult and brave.
Deputy Calleary has said the promised investment in the future of the plant much now be delivered by management in order to secure its future.
Deputy Calleary said: “Bausch & Lomb is a major player in Waterford. I am glad that its position is more secure now as a result of the vote by workers but that does not take away from the extremely difficult and brave decision they took in relation to their pay and conditions and wider restructuring of the plant.
“SIPTU and the TEEU have been very proactive in their engagement with management and I would urge the company, the State agencies and Minister Bruton to continue that engagement. I believe the investment that can be made in Bausch & Lomb as a result of this restructuring is essential to really secure its future in the south east and I think it’s extremely important for the workers to see this investment programme rolled-out in an efficient manner.
“I will also be raising a number of issues with Minister Bruton. The State has a clear role in ensuring the competitiveness of industry and this involves keeping down costs such as electricity, water and commercial rates as well as reducing red tape. The Government has not been playing its part in my view and more needs to be done to improve the conditions for businesses to grow.”