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clear as crystal… Waterford shows how to fight
waterford | worker & community struggles and protests | news report Thursday February 26, 2009 11:01 by James McBarron - WSM
The workers at Waterford Crystal occupying the plant are an example to us all. Rather than accept the closure of the business, the loss of all the jobs and the destruction of the area’s premier industry; workers seized the buildings making liquidation impossible for the receiver.
The receiver issued notice of job losses without first consulting the union as had been agreed. Hired heavies were shipped in to prevent the workers entering the building. With very little notice the shop stewards rallied as many of their members as possible and seized the plant against the aggressive antics of the "security men". They immediately set in place a rota to keep the furnace functioning and organised staffing for the occupation.