Ministers express support as Vita Cortex dispute nears end

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton were among those expressing their happiness at the resolution of the row between workers and management at Vita Cortex.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton were among those expressing their happiness at the resolution of the row between workers and management at Vita Cortex.

Yesterday evening, SIPTU members at the Cork plant voted unanimously to accept proposals aimed at bringing their 139-day dispute to an end.

In a statement, Enda Kenny said the workers displayed enormous dignity and fortitude throughout their almost 20-week campaign.

SIPTU manufacturing division organiser Gerry McCormack said that the occupation of the plant should end in two week's time.

"Well the next step is that we wait for the implementation of the agreement, which we expect will take about two weeks and at that stage then the occupation of the plant will cease," he said.

Fianna Fáil leadwer and local TD Micheál Martin also praised the workers.

"I am extremely pleased that this dispute has come to a satisfactory end," he said. "I am delighted for the workers who I know feel vindicated by the outcome.

"The Vita Cortex workers engaged their campaign with dignity and strength. They were determined to see this through and they can be proud of the stance they took for their rights.

"I have met with the workers on a number of occasions and lobbied for a solution to this dispute.

"I want pay tribute to all those who supported the workers’ campaign over the last 140 days, as well as the Labour Relations Commission and officials and unions who were involved is bringing this dispute to an end."

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