Tuesday 12 December 2017

Sit-in workers turn down firm's 'Scrooge-like' offer

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A firm was slated last night for offering "a Scrooge-like" €1,500 each to workers if they agreed to end a sit-in protest at a plant before Christmas Day.

The workers -- who all lost their jobs at the Vita Cortex plant in Cork on December 16 and have failed to secure €1.2m in redundancy payments -- said the written offer from the firm's directors was "insulting and demeaning".

The 32 workers said the offer was dismissed out of hand. Workers have now vowed to continue their sit-in at the Kinsale Road factory throughout Christmas to get the redundancy terms they are entitled to.

"It didn't matter if you were here for 42 years or 42 months -- you would get €1,500 and that was it. It's a paltry amount of money," veteran employee Jim Power revealed.

Protesting staff said they were "heartened" by public support for the battle for their rights.

Irish Independent

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