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Day 159: Sit-in at Vita Cortex plant set to end as payments begin

The former workers at the plant in Cork have begun to receive their redundancy payments and expect to end their sit-in this week.

Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

FORMER WORKERS AT the Vita Cortex plant in Cork have begun receiving their redundancy payments and could now leave the factory after a six month sit-in as early as today.

A spokeswoman for SIPTU has confirmed that the company owner Jack Ronan has begun transferring money into the workers’ bank accounts.

Some of the workers have already received payment but the 32 men and women at the factory on the Kinsale Road intend to leave together when they have all been paid.

SIPTU spokeswoman Anne Egar told TheJournal.ie: “The workers expect to leave this week. The company have told me we can have copies of electronic transfer receipts but the workers don’t mind waiting. Two more days isn’t going to perturb them.”

Egar added that she expected that all workers will have received payments by tomorrow but if not by then almost certainly by the end of the week.

A deal was struck between the foam manufacturing plant owner, Ronan, and workers earlier this month following a dispute over redundancy payments which led the workers to begin staging a sit-in at the plant in December after it had been closed down.

Their cause earned worldwide support including from the likes of Noam Chomsky and Sir Alex Ferguson.

On day 139 of the sit-in a resolution was found but the former workers have continued to occupy the plant until they have all received their redundancy payments.

This morning, the workers’ Twitter account tweeted: “Day 159…. it seems the end is in sight… It has been a long road but you all know that, you walked it with us.”

Read:  How the Vita Cortex workers held on for 139 days (and why Twitter mattered)

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