Vita Cortex workers give the background to their protest over unpaid redundancy money, which led to a sit-in at the plant.

Following a downturn in the Irish economy and redundancies across Ireland, several groups of workers resorted to sit-in tactics, occupying their workplace in protest against their treatment. One such group was 32 Vita Cortex workers, who began their sit-in of the foam factory in Cork in December 2011 when they discovered that the redundancy money promised to them would not be paid.

Several of the Vita Cortex workers appeared on ‘The Late Late Show’ in January 2012. Henry O’Reilly and Jim Power explain the background of the dispute to Ryan Tubridy, with Jim saying that they “felt like 32 fools.”

The sit-in lasted for 5 months and ended with an undisclosed settlement.