Fine Gael Cork South Central Deputy, Jerry Buttimer, has paid tribute to the resilience and determination of the Vita Cortex workers following the resolution of the 20 week dispute last night.
“The resilience and determination of the Vita Cortex workers over the course of the sit-in has been an inspiration. I am delighted that all parties have agreed to an acceptable resolution to the dispute.
“Each time I met with the Vita Cortex workers I was struck by their sincerity and their positive attitude. The mutual support shown by the members of the group enabled them to stick it out for a staggering 20 weeks. They had received great support from across the local community and I know that this support was deeply appreciated.
“There have been many parties involved in bringing this dispute to an end. Kieran Mulvey and his team in the Labour Relations Commission, SIPTU and IBEC have all played important roles in the process. It is also important to recognise the engagement by the company in making an offer that was agreeable to all involved.
“In December, when this dispute began, the workers were genuine in their demands. They were seeking what had initially been offered, and indeed what had been given to former colleagues. It was this genuine and dignified approach which resonated with the public, gathering support locally, nationally and internationally. I applaud them for the manner in which they have conducted themselves over the past four months and wish them well for the future.”