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# Vita Cortex

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From 1997 to 2015: Comparing a pre-Celtic Tiger liquidation to recession company busts
The sale of Clerys with the loss of almost 500 jobs last week serves as an uncomfortable reminder of just how vulnerable workers are when a company ceases to exist.
Vita Cortex workers meet with Noam Chomsky in Cork
During their protest last year, Chomsky send workers messages of support commending them for their “courageous and honourable actions”
President to meet with former Vita Cortex workers
The former workers, who staged a 161 day sit-in at the Vita Cortex plant, are to meet the President at Áras an Uachtaráin today.
Michael D Higgins to host Vita Cortex workers in the Áras
The President is also set to meet with the mayor of Poznan next week.
Foreign aid, college fees and pregnancies: the week in statistics
How much will the US’s aid cuts to Pakistan really matter? And just how many priests have been connected with abuse allegations?
The Daily Fix: Wednesday
Your essential round-up of today’s biggest news, plus any bits and pieces you may have missed.
Vita Cortex workers "thrilled" as they prepare to depart plant tomorrow
Former workers at the foam manufacturing plant in Cork will end their 160-day long sit-in tomorrow at 3pm after they have all received their redundancy payments.
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.
The Daily Fix: Sunday
Our essential roundup of the day’s big stories – plus any bits and pieces you may have missed.
Good innings and Jedi Knights: The week in quotes
“They were absolutely stoned out of their minds.”
How the Vita Cortex workers held on for 139 days (and why Twitter mattered)
The 32 Vita Cortex employees took turns working 8 hour shifts at their former employer until a negotiation was reached. Kevin Curran finds out how they did it.
'None of us thought we'd be there this long' - Vita Cortex workers celebrate
Former workers at the foam manufacturer will remain at the plant in Cork until the money is paid into their accounts but have hailed the resolution to the dispute.
Taoiseach welcomes end of Vita Cortex dispute
Enda Kenny said that the agreement reached had brought to an end “a long period of uncertainty” for the workers and their families.
Vita Cortex sit-in ends as workers agree settlement
The former employees will soon be on their way home after voting to accept new proposals from management.
The Daily Fix: Saturday
Potentially devastating bomb in Newry, legendary artist laid to rest, and good news for Peats…
Vita Cortex workers say they will escalate protest
The workers, who have been occupying the company for 135 days say they are disgusted at the rejection of resolution proposals.
The Daily Fix: Friday
All the biggest news stories from the day, as well as the few bits and pieces you might not have seen.
Vita Cortex pulls out of LRC mediation process
The board and management of Vita Cortex say they cannot engage with SIPTU as it does not represent all of the workers.
Political football: Ireland midfielder Andy Reid lends support to Vita Cortex workers
“I admire the courage you have all shown,” the Nottingham Forest winger wrote in a letter to the protesting workers.
Labour Court chairman to lead Vita Cortex LRC talks
The Labour Relations Commission confirms that Kevin Duffy, chairman of the Labour Court, will lead resolution talks.
Vita Cortex workers "hopeful" about LRC meeting
Company representatives are to meet with the Labour Relations Commission again this week. The coordinator of the Vita Cortex workers’ online campaign spoke to about the reaction to the news.
Vita Cortex dispute escalates as workers barricade site
The workers are on the 106th day of their protest at the Cork factory and say they are frustrated with the lack of progress from negotiations.
Katie Taylor to meet Vita Cortex workers
More than 100 days into their protest, the Vita Cortex workers have gained the support of another high profile figure.
Column: 'We have a lot to lose if we fail' - 100 days of the Vita Cortex sit-in
It’s exactly a hundred days since the former Vita Cortex workers began their sit-in at the Cork plant. Their support campaign’s co-ordinator explains why their protest will continue…
Vita Cortex workers accept mediation proposals
The 32 workers are entering their 100th day of protest.
Vita Cortex workers set for talks at Labour Relations Commission
Representatives of the 32 staff – whose sit-in enters its 90th day today – will attend talks at the LRC beginning today.
Talks to begin with Vita Cortex workers
The protesting workers are headed for the Labour Relations Commission next week – but they said management will not be attending.
SIPTU rejects 'derisory' offer for Vita Cortex workers
The union said that the amount offered in redundancy payments was an insult to the workers who have been occupying the factory since December.
Alex Ferguson lends support to Vita Cortex workers' strike
The Man Utd manager phoned workers staging a sit-in over redundancy pay to support their efforts.
Investigate the Vita Cortex accounts, TD tells watchdog
Labour TD Ciarán Lynch has asked the Director of Corporate Enforcement to examine the accounts of the firm which says it cannot pay statutory redundancy to its 32 former employees.
'No resolution' after Vita Cortex workers meet with management
Marathon talks between the two sides at the LRC ended last night without any agreement, the striking workers have said.
Noam Chomsky backs Vita Cortex workers
The renowned scholar and political activist has shown his support for the workers in their fifth week of a sit-in at their former employers in Cork.
La Senza sit-in ends as KPMG agrees to pay up
The sit-in at the Liffey Valley branch of the lingerie chain ends after five days, with workers told they will get their wages.
LRC invites parties to talks on Vita Cortex dispute
The Labour Relations Commission invites both sides in the Vita Cortex dispute to attend talks on ending a four-week sit-in.
"We're not going down without a fight" - employees occupy La Senza
25 workers from the lingerie store are holding a sit-in in the Liffey Valley branch of La Senza saying they are owed wages. Trade union officials will meet with the administrators tomorrow to address the employee concerns.
Union says ex-workers being 'left in the cold' by NAMA, banks
Lending its support to the Vita Cortex workers, Unite says that NAMA and Irish banks are facilitating the wrongful treatment of former employees.