Liebherr brings in foreign workers

Kevin Hughes

LIEBHERR has brought in a "significant" number of foreign workers from its sister plants as negotiations that could decide the future of the 670-job Killarney factory remain delicately poised.

Killarney remains on tenterhooks following last week's crucial SIPTU vote which returned a 60:40 split in rejecting a Labour Court recommendation on back pay, subject to changed working practices.

Jobs minister Richard Bruton said he has ongoing contact with the IDA and the LRC on the matter. However, pressure was mounting this week for his personal involvement in the dispute.

SIPTU representative Marie Kearney would not comment when contacted by The Kerryman, remarking that the situation is "delicately poised". It is understood that there has been correspondence between SIPTU and management but full discussions have not taken place.

A company source said there was "still some road to go" before any compromise could be reached.


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