New hope of ending Vita Cortex row
A NINETY-DAY stand-off between former employees of Vita Cortex and employers is predicted to end tomorrow at another round of Labour Relations Commission (LRC) talks, writes Michael Carr.
Speculation is mounting in Cork that the discrepancy in redundancy payment between the two parties has become close enough for the LRC to broker a deal and end the sit-in protest.
The €200,000 gap in the two parties' estimates is thought to have narrowed in recent days.
Since it began on December 16, the protest has attracted the attention and support of several high-profile figures, including Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and songwriter Christy Moore.
The 32 former workers rejected an IBEC-brokered offer from management of €170,000 last week, insisting that they are owed a total of €370,000.
They received a standing ovation from a 4,500 crowd at a Cork City League of Ireland match over the weekend.