Friday, October 26 14:22:09
Curragh Carpets is to close with the loss of 60 jobs, it emerged this afternoon.
Workers were informed they were to attend a meeting at 12.00 p.m. today and were told by a liquidator that the plant was closing immediately and that they were to leave the premises.
SIPTU has condemned the manner in which the workers were treated.
SIPTU Organiser, Miriam Hamilton, said: "The closure of this long established manufacturing plant has left the workers and their families in a state of shock. Curragh Carpets is the successor company to Ireland's oldest carpet manufacturer, Irish Rope. Generations of the same families in the Kildare area have been employed at the carpet manufacturing plant. They have been treated disgracefully by the company and must now apply to the social fund for payment of their outstanding wages and redundancy entitlements."
"The manner in which the workers were notified of this closure is unacceptable, as is the fact that the costs of the closure in terms of outstanding wages and redundancy payments must be borne by the State. SIPTU will do all it can to assist our members during this difficult period."