CORK Workers’ Party councillor Ted Tynan has described as “tremendous news” the settlement tonight (Wednesday) of the Vita Cortex dispute following a 139 day sit in by 32 workers at the Cork plant in order to get an acceptable redundancy deal.
Cllr Tynan said that the news was what all of Cork had been waiting to hear and he praised the workers saying they had been an inspiration to the people of Cork, Ireland and the wider world. [Read more...]
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.
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.
THE Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton has expressed his concern at the continuing situation at the Vita Cortex factory in Cork which has involved workers at the plant engaging in a sit-in arising from a dispute with their employer over redundancy payments.
The Minister said, “In the interest of achieving an early resolution in this dispute, I would encourage both parties to meet under the auspices of the State’s industrial relations machinery as soon as possible with a view to exploring ways of resolving the issues in dispute.”
FIANNA Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has called on the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton to meet with workers at Vita Cortex in Cork as a matter of urgency.
Deputy Martin has described the treatment of Vita Cortex employees as ‘appalling’ and has said everything must be done to ensure the company pays its staff the redundancy they are owed.
Deputy Martin said, “What is happening here is nothing short of disgraceful. The Vita Cortex employees were promised as far back as September that they would be paid redundancy of 2.9 weeks per year of service.
FIANNA Fáil Finance Spokesperson and Cork South Central TD Michael McGrath has said the disgraceful treatment of the former Vita Cortex workers in Cork must be brought to an end and has called on the Minister for Finance to conduct an independent review into the stance taken by NAMA which claims it cannot release the redundancy money due to the employees.
Speaking after meeting the workers this afternoon, Deputy McGrath said, “The Vita Cortex workers who were made redundant last Friday have been treated disgracefully by their employer. It must be said that the primary responsibility for resolving this matter lies with the employer.
LABOUR TD Ciarán Lynch has said that Nama must act to free up redundancy payments for Vita Cortex workers.
“The situation where workers in the Vita Cortex plant in Cork face the dole queues without the benefit of a redundancy payment, is completely unacceptable.
“It seems that members of the workforce are being used as pawns in some kind of game in which Nama seems to be the main player.