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'War poses crystal clear danger to Waterford'.


WATERFORD Crystal workers face short time working hours if the threatened war in Iraq goes ahead.

The global economic difficulties are also having a negative impact on overall demand for Waterford Wedgewood products.

It is estimated that as much as 50 per cent of Waterford Wedgewood sales are to US stores, the same stores that are experiencing a major decline in consumer spending.If the threatened war in Iraq goes ahead the tourist industry all over the world will be severely affected, an industry Waterford Wedgewood is hugely dependent on both at home and abroad.

A spokesman from Waterford said: "It is a time of great uncertainty."

There are 1,600 people employed in the Killbarry and Dungarvan Waterford Crystal plants.

Around the world, Waterford Wedgewood is represented in more than 80 countries and has a work force of approximately 9,000 employees.
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Mar 9, 2003
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