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Issue #1546      9 May 2012

Vita Cortex workers vow to sit in until paid

IRELAND: Vita Cortex workers continue their five month sit-in despite unanimously accepting a compromise redundancy offer. They said their sit-in at the Cork plant will continue until the money actually reaches their accounts.

The redundancy offer – tabled by company owner Jack Ronan and the firm’s shareholders – fell short of the package demanded by the 32 workers but represented a substantial improvement on the €180,000 settlement tabled in March.

Staff members have occupied the Kinsale Road plant in Cork on a shift basis since then. Under the terms of the deal, workers will now maintain a sit-in presence at the plant until the company has processed the agreed redundancy settlement.

Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union’s Gerry McCormack said everyone was delighted that the long-running dispute was finally over.

“The workers are satisfied that these proposals, which were agreed following direct talks between SIPTU representatives and the owners of Vita Cortex in Cork, provide the basis for the full and final settlement of this dispute,” he said.

“The workers are very pleased that, after months campaigning to secure equitable and fair redundancy payments, which take account of their long years of service at Vita Cortex, they can now return to their normal lives satisfied they achieved their objective.”

The deal came after Vita Cortex had rejected an outline settlement proposal from the Labour Relations Commission.

The sit-in reached its 140th day as workers demanded that the company honour a disputed promise to pay 0.9 weeks’ wages per year of service.  

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