Monday 26 February 2018

Taoiseach rules out action in Vita case

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny yesterday ruled out any legal action being taken by the State against foam manufacturing firm Vita Cortex, which is being occupied by workers demanding redundancy payments, writes Fionnan Sheahan.

Mr Kenny also said the state-provided statutory redundancy payments of two weeks pay per year of service would be available next Monday for the workers.

Some 32 former workers at the Cork plant are in the 55th day of a sit-in because of a row over redundancy payments.

But according to the Taoiseach, the State's corporate watchdog, the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE), said there were insufficient grounds to take action against the company.

The State has stepped in to pay statutory entitlements but the company has claimed inability to pay another €372,000.

Mr Kenny said he was annoyed at the treatment of the workers, but admitted the legal options were not available to force the company to pay the redundancy.

"I do feel for these workers. As you rightly point out there is a moral responsibility here," he said.

"But the ODCE has informed the Minister for Jobs and Enterprise (Richard Bruton) that he has insufficient grounds in his possession to take action against the company," he added.

Irish Independent

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