Mediation talks will take place next week between the owner of Vita Cortex in Cork and former employees who have been staging a sit-in protest at the factory for the past 118 days.

The talks will take place next Thursday.

The Chairman of the Labour Court Kevin Duffy will lead the new mediation attempt to bring the long-running dispute to an end.

The three person mediation team will also include former Labour Court officials Jack Nash and John Doherty.

Vita Cortex workers have been occupying the former foam-manufacturing plant on the Kinsale Road in Cork since 16 December 2011.

32 employees involved in the dispute are seeking 0.9 weeks of pay for each year of service, which, they say, was agreed with the company and given to other employees.

They have already received their statutory entitlements of two weeks a year of service from the Department of Social Protection.