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LRC to chair Bausch and Lomb talks

The talks are being held with a view to reaching agreement on a plan to keep the plant open and secure its future.

Image: James Horan via Photocall Ireland

THE LABOUR RELATIONS Commission have accepted an invitation to chair the talks between union representatives and management at Bausch and Lomb.

In a joint statement from SIPTU, the TEEU and Bausch and Lomb management it’s stated that the talks are aimed at “reaching agreement on a plan to keep the Bausch and Lomb plant open and to secure its future”.

It was announced last week that 200 jobs were to go at the contact lens manufacturer in Waterford with the remaining staff facing pay cuts of up to 20 per cent.

SIPTU sector organiser Alan O’Leary said the ultimatum had “hit workers like a lightening bolt”.

Director of Conciliation Kevin Foley and LRC Deputy Director of Conciliation Anna Perry will co-chair the talks.

The pair will immediately involve themselves in the process.

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The statement also made it clear that there will be no public comment from any of the participants during the talks process.

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