The Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Terry Shannon, is due to visit Vita Cortex workers today to show his solidarity with their protest.

The 32 workers have been staging a sit-in at the Kinsale Road plant since the company closed last Friday, leaving them without any redundancy payments.

The workers are caught in the crossfire between the Tipperary businessman Jack Ronan, who owns Vita Cortex, and NAMA which has frozen a €2.5m bank account in the name of a sister company.

Earlier this week, the head of NAMA said the protesting workers should focus their attention on their former employer and not the agency.

NAMA chief executive Brendan McDonagh said that while he understood the frustration of the employees, the agency could not legally use funds pledged against the loans of one company to meet €1.2m in redundancies payments of a second company in the group.