Twas the SIPTU Manufacturing Division which organised the protest rally outside the Dáil on 12th January. The following statement was issued in preparation for it. It’s worth putting up and still very relevant. The last sentence from Gerry McCormack is particularly good: “Failure to win this struggle will amount to a massive defeat for all those fighting against the race to the bottom; it will not be allowed happen.”

See also the third paragraph which explains how directly this closure and occupation is connected to the bank lending and property bubble.

SIPTU Manufacturing Division is organising a protest rally outside Dáil Eireann on Thursday (12th January) at 1.00 p.m. in support of the Vita Cortex workers who have been staging a sit-in at the company’s plant in Cork for over three weeks as part of a campaign to secure their redundancy entitlements.

SIPTU Manufacturing Division Organiser, Gerry McCormack, said; “The Vita Cortex workers have shown enormous courage in making the stance they made.  They are tolerating appalling conditions in terms of sleeping on foam on the ground at night, in what might be described as a large shed, and are fully determined to stay until this employer engages in a meaningful way to resolve this issue.”

“The new owners of the company borrowed millions of euro from AIB to buy out previous shareholders and used the company assets as collateral against those loans.  They gambled with our members’ jobs and livelihoods to gain control over a valuable site in Cork.”

Gerry McCormack added; “The Vita Cortex workers securing their rightful redundancy entitlements is a cause which should be supported by all trade unionists and those who believe in the just and fair settlement of industrial disputes. Failure to win this struggle will amount to a massive defeat for all those fighting against the race to the bottom; it will not be allowed happen.”

source siptu.ie