Fine Gael Cork South Central Deputy and Chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, Jerry Buttimer, has said Labour Relations Commission (LRC) recommendations on reform of consultant work practices must now be implemented. Deputy Buttimer was speaking following release by the Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) of survey results showing that 57% of respondents support the LRC recommendations.
FIANNA Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has welcomed the announcement that the Labour Relations Commission has invited both sides in the dispute at the Vita Cortex plant in Cork to meet in Cork next Tuesday. 32 workers at the factory are being denied their rights in an appalling manner at the hands of the company.
Speaking in the Dáil Deputy Martin said, “The manner in which the workers have been treated is absolutely unacceptable and the overwhelming responsibility lies with the management of the company to meet its obligations to the workers.
LABOUR TD Ciarán Lynch has said that Vita Cortex must be forced to pay full redundancies to staff.
Warning that a dangerous corporate governance precedent could be set, Lynch argued that every stone must be unturned to ensure that the taxpayer is not left with the bill.
“Vita Cortex Cork is currently claiming an inability to pay these redundancies, while they still operate a multiple of companies around Ireland, albeit as different registered companies but with the same list of directors.
SPEAKING during a Topical Issues Debates in the Dáil Fine Gael Cork South Central TD Jerry Buttimer, welcomed the intervention by the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) in the Vita Cortex dispute and urged the company management and SIPTU to engage fully with the Commission’s process.
“I welcome the news that LRC has invited the management of Vita Cortex and SIPTU to explore possible pathways to resolving this dispute.
“For 27 days the workers have engaged in a dignified sit-in in an effort to secure their agreed redundancy payments.
THE Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton has welcomed the confirmation that the Labour Relations Commission has invited both parties to the dispute at the Vita Cortex factory in Cork to meet in Cork next Tuesday to clarify the facts of the situation and to explore with the parties the potential for moving forward.