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Three-week sit-in at Cork factory

Issue No. 2284

Workers have been occupying a foam packaging factory in Cork, Ireland, for three weeks.

The 32 staff at Vita Cortex started their sit-in on 16 December after the firm was pushed into bankruptcy by nationalised “bad bank” NAMA. The bank took on the toxic debts of other Irish banks.

The workers were offered 1,500 euros each to leave—but turned it down and stayed over Christmas.

Vita Cortex worker Greg Marshall said they have been “truly touched and motivated” by the number of messages of support they have received.

“We are doing this for our extended families, and that, along with the ongoing support from the public, is what keeps us fighting,” he said.

The occupation is backed by the Irish TUC. The Siptu union is organising solidarity protests.

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Tue 3 Jan 2012, 18:15 GMT
Issue No. 2284
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