Former Vita Cortex staff meet President Michael D Higgins

Tuesday 17 July 2012 22.53
Thousands of people turned out in support of the workers during the 161-day sit-in
Thousands of people turned out in support of the workers during the 161-day sit-in

Former Vita Cortex workers travelled to Áras an Uachtaráin today to meet President Michael D Higgins.

President Higgins invited the workers and their families to the Áras after they successfully resolved their long dispute over outstanding redundancy payments with the owners of the Vita Cortex plant in May.

The workers staged a 161-day sit-in at the plant in Cork and received messages of support from numerous high-profile figures, including Mary Robinson, Alex Ferguson, Cillian Murphy and Paul McGrath.

The dispute was resolved on day 139, after workers had already spent more than four months at the plant.

But the workers refused to leave until the payments had reached the bank accounts of all former employees. The sit-in ended on Thursday, 24 May.

The workers and their families, along with SIPTU's Patricia King and Joe O'Flynn, met President Higgins this afternoon.

The President said the the resilience and dignity the workers showed was a "great exercise in solidarity with each other".

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