Richard Bruton concerned about potential risk to Liebherr jobs

The Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Minister says he’s concerned about the potential risk to jobs at Liebherr Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton Half of the 670 workers in Killarney, represented by SIPTU, have rejected a proposal aimed at resolving a pay row. The decision has resulted in fresh concerns for the future of the crane manufacturing plant. Last month, the company said it was re-evaluating its dependence on the operation, because of the  dispute. Richard Bruton says there should be careful consideration of the possible implications, urging the parties to hold further talks: [audio_player src=””] Meanwhile, SIPTU claim the Liebherr plant in Killarney is operating to full capacity. It follows concerns about the future of the container crane company in Fossa as union members rejected a Labour Court proposal in a secret ballot. It would have meant the company pay a two and a half per cent increase in wages, backdated to May of 2012 subject to changes in work practices. SIPTU Organiser Marie Kearney says the union’s committee is considering the outcome of the ballot. She says they remain open to direct talks with the company: [audio_player src=””]