THE LABOUR Relations Commission has intervened in the Vita Cortex dispute.
Workers in the Cork plant have been staging a sit-in since mid-December in a row over redundancy payments.
It is understood that the intervention may lead to discussions between the LRC, Vita Cortex management and SIPTU in a bid to resolve the situation.
The talks are set to take place in Cork on Tuesday.
Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton welcomed the development today and said: "I welcome the initiative by the LRC and would urge both parties to engage constructively in the process.
"I am pleased that dialogue between the parties to the dispute has now been facilitated."
In the Dáil, Fianna Fáil's Mícheál Martin asked the Government to be proactive in relation to the dispute.