Robinson sympathises with Vita Cortex workers

FORMER president and international human rights champion Mary Robinson has sent a message of support to the 32 Vita Cortex workers who have staged a five-week sit-in, in their bid for proper redundancy payments.

She said she sympathised with the workers’ plight and their desire to get a fair deal.

“As a former president I believe it is not appropriate for me to interfere in national legal issues except in my capacity as a member of the Council of State. At the same time, I have always supported the right of workers to be treated fairly. I sympathise with your desire and that of your co-workers to get a fair deal.

“I hope that the negotiations under the auspices of the Labour Relations Commission will result in an equitable resolution.”

Vita Cortex worker Cal O’Leary, who has 37 years of service with the company, said they were “delighted” to receive such prestigious backing.

“We are delighted with the message of support from Mary Robinson who has been such a great champion of human rights over the course of her public life. She was a great President and a person who is admired internationally,” he said.

The Labour Relations Commission (LRC) continued its contact with both Vita Cortex unions and management yesterday and will resume its formal hearing into the dispute tomorrow .

Meanwhile, Mrs Robinson, who set up the Mary Robinson Foundation — Climate Justice — last year, was in Cork yesterday to deliver a lecture on climate justice at UCC’s Centre for Global Development

Answering questions from the audience about how ordinary people can help fight climate change, she frankly said that Irish people needed to look at the dominance of meat in the Irish diet. She, herself, is trying to eat more vegetarian meals, she said.

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